Substance use symposium set for March 1-2

Working in partnership with leaders from San Antonio, Bexar County, health care systems, local government and community-based organizations, the San Antonio Substance Use Symposium represents a unique opportunity to bring together health care providers and community members to collaboratively identify substance use challenges and solutions.

The symposium will be held March 1-2 in the ALTC on the Long campus of UT Health San Antonio. It is free and open to the public.

The first day will feature educational presentations and discussions on various topics such as recovery, treatment on demand, and evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders. Featured speakers include Robert Ashford, M.S.W., a recovery scientist at the Substance Use Disorders Institute, Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., professor of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky, Alister Martin, M.D., MPP, emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General, and Zach Siegal, M.A., journalist, writer, and co-host of the podcast Narcotica.

The second day will feature a GetWaiveredTX Buprenorphine Waiver Training kickoff for health care providers, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, including providers in residency. This training is part of a statewide initiative to improve patient access to buprenorphine, an underutilized resource for the treatment of opioid use disorder.

SASUS also offers Continuing Education credits, and CME credits are available for Day 2. Please visit or reach out at for more information. For the GetWaiveredTX Kickoff training being hosted on Saturday, please visit or contact


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