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Implementing Programs to Help Reduce Stigma & Opioid Misuse: Texas A&M

The Texas A & M University Health Science Center launched its Opioid Task Force in early 2018. Bringing together faculty and staff from all five of the University’s Health Science Center Disciplines, including the college of dentistry, nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and school of public health, the Opioid Task Force believes in a holistic approach and addressing community issues through evidence-based solutions. In this segment, we visit the Center to get a first-hand look at its programs to help reduce stigma and opioid misuse, and training student ambassadors, who are future medical professionals themselves, to properly administer opioid overdose reversal medications.

This segment was produced as part of ‘The Opioid Epidemic: Empowering Community Action’ a news and current affairs-style program designed to raise awareness of effective practices communities are using to stem and reverse the epidemic produced in collaboration by the AMA Alliance (AMAA) and ITN Productions. The program aims to highlight the commitment of the government agencies, nonprofits, universities, and AMA Alliance community to work towards solutions on the most pressing issues in addressing solutions for patients enhancing comprehensive treatment and support for substance use disorders, public education and training that helps to both tackle the epidemic and end the stigma, and misperceptions associated with having a substance use disorder. ‘The Opioid Epidemic: Empowering Community Action’ features interviews, news items and sponsored editorial profiles of leaders and key organizations, who are working to end the Nation’s opioid epidemic . The full program is available online at


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Founded in 1999 to bring together the health professions of Texas A&M, The Texas A & M University Health Science Center allows the health professions of Texas A&M to keep up with a rapidly evolving health care landscape, while not abandoning its land-grant origins. Through cutting-edge medical research, service and education, it is addressing the health care needs of the 21st century. For more information visit: