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Opioid Task Force

Responding to the Opioid Epidemic

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the TAMU Opioid Task Force is conducting all Opioid Overdose Education & Naloxone Administration (OENA) Trainings online only via zoom. If you are in need of a training, feel free to email us at .

The U.S. is facing an opioid epidemic, with more than 130 Americans dying each day from opioid overdose. Such a dire issue requires a multifaceted, collaborative strategy between the medical community, first responders, treatment providers and community organizations. That’s the premise of our Opioid Task Force, an interprofessional group of scholars and practitioners, who are intent on combating this growing public health emergency through research, education and community outreach.

Marcia Ory
"This task force is like a spark plug, it’s ignited the collaborative research necessary to address the opioid epidemic. We already had the drivers, as in the individual researchers, and now our fleet of scholar cars is moving down the road. Together we hold the collective map to drive our research, practice and education across Texas and the nation to comprehensively tackle this national emergency.”

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH

Chair, Opioid Task Force

A Three-Pronged Approach

A man filling out an opioid research questionnaire


We’re identifying gaps in research and translating discoveries to policy and public health practice that can prevent and control opioid abuse. Our efforts will help ensure policies are evidence-based and that patients and entire communities have access to the care they need.

Police officer being trained to use Naloxone


While there is no “silver bullet” to curbing the opioid epidemic, education is an integral component. We’re promoting naloxone as a way to reverse opioid overdose, raising awareness of available treatment, and educating prescribers and patients on alternative pain treatments.

Students writing inspirational messages to place on a board

Community Outreach

Community changes can best be implemented by working with the community. Through partnerships with the criminal justice system, treatment providers, the medical community and community organizations, we’re raising awareness and destigmatizing substance abuse disorders.

The Opioid Epidemic: By the numbers, 2017


People died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses


People died from overdosing
on opioids

2.1 MIL

People had an opioid use disorder

11.4 MIL

People misused prescription opioids

$504 BIL

In economic costs

Sources: 1. 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health / 2. Mortality in the United States, NCHS Data Brief No. 293, December 2017 / 3. CEA Report: The underestimated cost of the opioid crisis, 2017

Need Help?

If you or a loved one needs immediate help with an addiction to opioids:

Opioid Task Force Events


Joining the national fight

Texas A&M University Health Science Center has joined the national fight to end the opioid stigma, partnering with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AMA Alliance for their campaign “The Opioid Epidemic: Empowering Community Action.”

Learn more about this initiative