Texas to see more aid to combat opioid addiction

The state of Texas is slated to receive $27.4 million in federal funds to stem the rise in opioid-related deaths.

The funds, which the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced in May, will be used to expand treatment and recovery services for opioid use disorders; provide training on substance abuse prevention, opioid overdose and drug misuse; and expand outreach screening and referral efforts for mental health agencies, according to the commission.

Distribution of funds will be through the commission’s existing providers, new contracts with university partners and a competitive procurement process.

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Starting this August, residents in the Austin area will have a quicker path to obtaining a nursing degree.

In response to a nationwide nursing shortage, Concordia University Texas in Northwest Austin is offering an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing track that students can complete in 16 months

Through the new program, students can use existing non-nursing college credits combined with online courses, on-site lab work and clinic rotations through Seton Healthcare Family to earn the degree.

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