Renowned opioid crisis researchers to address Texas Substance Use Symposium

Opioid crisis in the United States

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SAN ANTONIO — TxMOUD (Texas Medication for Opioid Use Disorder) at UT Health San Antonio and The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is proud to announce that two nationally recognized authorities on the opioid crisis will be featured speakers at the 2021 Texas Substance Use Symposium (TxSUS). This free, virtual event, which kicks off April 29 and continues April 30, brings together health care providers, law enforcement officers, behavioral health professionals and other community members to address methods to reduce the burden of substance use in Texas. General attendee registration has closed, but members of the press may register here:

“The Texas Substance Use Symposium will be a unique opportunity to hear from renowned experts on understanding and battling the surging opioid crisis,” said the TxSUS program chair, Dr. Jennifer Sharpe Potter of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also referred to as UT Health San Antonio. “This year, due to the urgency of the crisis as well as our lineup of acclaimed subject matter experts, we have a record-breaking number of registrants, which will result in a uniquely important, influential and timely conference.”

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Dan Ciccarone began his career at the University of California, San Francisco studying HIV/AIDS but was soon drawn into harm reduction and prevention. For more than 20 years, “Dr. Dan” has been doing street-based drug use and medical consequence research. His work has centered on combining ethnographic and epidemiological research to explore the intricate socio-behavioral-medical issues of medication adherence, access to care and risk-taking behaviors, particularly related to drug use and drug users. His presentation to TxSUS is titled, “Beyond Opioids: Stimulants and the Fourth Wave of the Overdose Crisis.” Full biography:

Dr. Bonzo Reddick is a Mercer University School of Medicine faculty member who serves as chair of community medicine, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, and professor of family medicine on the Savannah, Ga., campus. His research focuses on promotion of health equity, particularly in historically marginalized populations. His presentation to TxSUS is titled, “Infectious Disease Issues Related to Injecting Opioids and Stimulants.” Full biography:

“We’re very fortunate this year to be hearing from Drs. Ciccarone and Reddick, two of the best experts in the country on substance use and the opioid crisis,” said Dr. Lucas G. Hill, 2021 TxSUS co-program chair. “Anyone who is interested in understanding our country’s surging opioid crisis, especially as it affects marginalized populations, needs to hear these presentations.”

The symposium will also feature a continuing education curriculum, panel discussions, skill-building workshops, and networking with national- and Texas-based substance use experts. Media who wish to cover this event may register now.


April 29, 2021:

12:45 PM to 1:00 PM              Welcome and Opening Remarks — Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD,                                                             MPH and Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM                Beyond Opioids: Stimulants and the Fourth Wave of the Overdose                                                            Crisis — Daniel Ciccarone, MD

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM                Infectious Disease Issues Related to Injecting Opioids and                                                                                                     Stimulants — Bonzo Reddick, MD

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM                Moving the Needle on Substance Use in Texas

— Daniel Ciccarone, MD, MPH

— David Miramontes, MD, FACEP, FAEMS, NREMT

— Gilberto Perez, MPH

— Bonzo Reddick, MD, MPH, FAAFP

— Crystal Walker DMSc, MPAS, PA-C


April 30, 2021:

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM              Hands-On Workshops

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