Reducing Opioid Use in Texas

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, and a majority of those deaths are attributed to opioids. Like other states, Texas is experiencing an increase in opioid misuse and overdose. This podcast provides an overview of the opioid epidemic and counsels physicians about steps they can take to reduce opioid use in Texas.

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Reducing Opioid Use in Texas

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Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner
Texas Department of State Health Services

Dr. Hellerstedt has served as DSHS commissioner since January 2016 and is a leading spokesman for public health issues in the state. Dr. Hellerstedt is a long-time Texas pediatrician who has been chief medical officer at the Seton Family of Hospitals and vice president of medical affairs at Dell Children’s Medical Center, both in Austin. He previously served the state as medical director for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


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Adolescent Substance Use

Adolescence is a time for growth and experimentation, but experimenting with alcohol, tobacco, and drugs can have immediate and long-lasting negative effects. This module helps providers integrate substance use screening and intervention into routine practice and provides tools to coordinate care for adolescent patients with substance use disorders.


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SBIRT in the Office

Take five minutes to learn how to integrate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into routine adolescent medical checkups to modify patient behavior and prevent the serious consequences of adolescent substance use.


About Texas Health Steps

Texas Health Steps’ award-winning online program offers FREE CE courses for primary care providers and other health professionals. These courses offer updated clinical, regulatory, and best practice guidelines for a range of preventive health, oral health, mental health, and case management topics.