Texas A&M leads the charge to use telehealth to treat opioid addiction

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Texas A&M University is the first university in Texas to use telehealth to tackle the opioid epidemic, and organizers say, it's a natural fit.

The Tennessee Attorney General sued opioid maker Endo Pharmaceuticals and Endo Health Solutions Inc. on Tuesday./ Source: MGN

"Telehealth brings the treatment to where the client already is," said Regina Bentley, assistant vice chancellor for health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

The A&M Health Science Center is launching the first Texas-based opioid-centered Project ECHO hub: Enhancing Mental Health Practice, Organization and Workforce through Education and Readiness (EMPOWER).

Basically, EMPOWER uses video chat to connect people struggling with opioid addiction to the specialists that can help them.

"It works through the patient's primary care physician because that's where they're already going," said Bentley.

Furthermore, it helps connect rural patients to the resources of larger communities, like the ones at Texas A&M.

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