The PREMIER Center team will collaborate on projects both within the center and through an extensive network of clinicians and researchers in the Texas Medical Center and across the state to understand and propose solutions for the opioid crisis facing our community, city, state and nation.
The PREMIER Center will address needs not currently being met by any other center, including leading research on controlled substance prescription (CSP) medications.
The two primary research and education projects in the field of CSP misuse currently being conducted by center faculty and supported by federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) are:
- The Strategic Prevention Framework for Prescription Drugs (SPF-Rx), a five-year initiative that includes communicating with pharmaceutical and medical communities on the risks of overprescribing to young adults and track reductions in opioid overdoses and the incorporation of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) data into needs assessments and strategic plans as indicators of the program’s success.
- The Safe Drug Disposal and Community Awareness (SDD/CA) Project of the Texas Targeted Opioid Response (TTOR) program, which is aimed at improving the lives of Texans by preventing the non-medical use of prescription medications through increased access to safe disposal methods, assessment of health care provider practices relating to disposal methods and providing prevention education to high-risk individuals in Texas.