SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County is taking the success and efforts of its Joint Opioid Task Force on the road.
"We think it went really well in Austin," said County Judge Nelson Wolff's Chief of Staff TJ Mayes.
Earlier this week, members of the county's Joint Opioid Task Force testified in front of the Texas House of Representatives' Opioids and Substance Abuse Committee.
"Bexar County Joint Opioid Task Force has received $5 million worth of federal grants," Mayes said.
Mayes says a lot of that money is funding the distribution of Narcan.
"We have 16,000 doses of this overdose reversal agent available to us through these grants," said Mayes.
Mayes says so far 3,000 doses have been distributed and with help from UT Health San Antonio —more law enforcement training is happening this summer.
However, preventing opioid overdose doesn't begin and end at home or on the street.
The county is asking the state to look into the physician drug monitoring program.
Mayes says at times it's difficult to integrate software into the electronic health records system.
"So one of our big asks was that the legislature consider appropriating dollars to help health systems integrate that program," Mayes said.
To further help prevent abuse, the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness has also released a new warning about opioid safety in the home through Santikos movie theaters.
"Those commercials have been viewed by 560,000 people in Bexar County," Mayes said.
Mayes said for now, the latest project is to help people get rid of their unused prescriptions.
"The Bexar County Opioid Task Force is also working with the San Antonio Police Department on developing permanent safe disposal boxes for access medication so a person in Bexar County can know that if they have left over medication they can take it to a police department, place it in a safe disposal box, and know it will be disposed of properly," Mayes said.
Proper disposal with possible lifesaving results.