Battling the Opioid Crisis in Central Texas
Drug overdoses due to the opioid epidemic in America have outpaced deaths from car crashes, guns and AIDS since 2009. The crisis -- declared a public health emergency in October of last year -- is often associated with the Rust Belt and northeastern states, not Texas.
But public health officials and medical professionals say that is a misconception. Texas is not immune to the crisis.
In fact, according to a recent report in the Austin-American Statesman, the opioid death rate nearly doubled in Travis County from 2006 to 2016.
What is being done? Come hear Dr. Lori Holleran Steiker of the UT School of Social Work speak about this issue.
About our speaker
Lori Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., an addictions therapist turned educator/scholar, is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and the Director of Instruction, Engagement & Wellness for UT Undergraduate Studies. Dr. Holleran Steiker will begin as the inaugural Steve Hicks Professorship of Addictions and Substance Abuse Services in September of 2018 and she holds faculty appointments at UT Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry as well as Baylor College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine. She conducts federal-, state-, and foundation-funded research about substance use/misuse and substance use disorder interventions, with expertise in community-based adolescent and emerging adult substance use recovery.
6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A
8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!
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