Providing sterile needles to IV drug users helps stop the spread of disease and cuts down on costs associated with treating people who have contracted HIV/AIDS or hepatitis C.
More than 326 million prescription pain pills were supplied to Bexar County residents from 2006 to 2012, enough for 28 pills per person per year.
San Antonio activist and lawyer T.J. Mayes and other panelists talked Saturday about whether blockchain can be used to tackle the opioid crisis.
The funding includes two separate grants, totaling $1.65 million, to be distributed evenly over three years.
Bexar County Sherrifs Deputy saved the life of a 24-year old male by administering Narcan, the nasal spray version of Naloxone, a medication that can temporarily stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The task force has helped establish a 20-person opioid recovery residence for women to live in with their children while receiving addiction treatment.
Bexar County leads the state in babies born with drug withdrawal symptoms and has the third-highest per-capita rate of overdose deaths in Texas.