TxSUS Sessions

TxSUS Sessions are live webinars with expert speakers discussing key issues at the intersection of policy and practice. The goal of these sessions is to promote awareness, engagement, and support for innovative projects addressing substance use in Texas. 

Upcoming TxSUS Sessions:

February 2023 Session​

2022 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Wednesday, February 15th @ 11:30 am – 1pm CST

Learning Objectives

  • Describe why the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) plays a major role in guidance for opioid prescribing.

  • Explain key recommendations for deciding whether or not to offer opioids to patients presenting with pain.

  • Summarize recommendations related to short-term and longer-term opioid therapy.

1 CEU will be awarded for CPE, CME, CNE and SWs.

February 2023 Session Speakers



Stefan Kertesz, MD

The University of Alabama Marnix E. Heersink School of Medicine


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Lucas Hill, PharmD, BCACP

Clinical Associate Professor,
PhARM Program Director 
The University of Texas Austin College of Pharmacy

Past Sessions:

December 2022 Session

Opportunities & Challenges in Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder

Friday, December 9th @ 12pm – 1pm CST

December 2022 Session Speakers

Carlos F. Tirado, MD, MPH, FASAM

Chief Medical Officer,

Lesley Mason, PsyD

Clinical Associate Professor,
Arizona State University

Jennifer Sharpe Potter, PhD, MPH

Executive Director,
Be Well Texas

July Session

Exploring Sustainable Funding Models for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery

July 20th @ 12pm – 1pm CST

This TxSUS Session will be eligible to receive 1.0 CE credit.

July Session Speaker

Karla Ramirez

Karla Ramirez, LCSW, MSSW, MSHA

Director, Be Well Texas
UT Health San Antonio

February Session

The Real & Imagined Risks of Novel Synthetic Drugs

February 8th @ 12pm – 1pm CST

This TxSUS Session will begin by addressing the prevalence of novel synthetic opioids in the illegal drug supply and dispelling common myths related to these drugs. Two experts will then debate the critical question of whether increasingly powerful opioid antagonists are needed in the current opioid risk environment.

February Session Speakers

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Claire M. Zagorski, MSc, LP

Program Coordinator, PhARM
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin

Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCACP

The University of Texas at Austin PhARM Program

December Session

The Technology Dilemma: Can Technology Fix the Overdose Crisis?

December 1st @ 12pm – 1pm CST

Join us for this panel to discuss the roles of technology in combating the overdose crisis.


This TxSUS Series will tackle the roles of technology in helping organizations to combat the overdose crisis. Technology is certain to be a driver for how we engage those in need of treatment. Digital therapeutics offer an opportunity to reach those that have been cut off from traditional methods of treatment, and can enhance research, evaluations, data, and outcomes. However, tech has its own limitations and drawbacks, so where is it best suited to help? Panelists will discuss how mobile technology can support substance use treatment, harm reduction outreach, and more.

December Session Speakers

Kasey Claborn, PhD

Steve Hicks Fellow in Addiction
& Recovery Services
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
The University of Texas at Austin

Daniela Luzi Tudor

Co-Founder and CEO,

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Claire Zagorski, MSc, LP

Program Coordinator,PhARM
College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Austin

Our First Session

Mobile Methadone: Policy Implications and Notes from the Field

September 29th @ 11am – 12pm CST

Learning Objectives

  • Describe laws and regulations pertinent to the creation of new mobile methadone programs in the U.S.
  • Discuss the impact of existing mobile methadone programs on access and outcomes
  • Consider potential implementation models and ethical issues related to mobile methadone programs in Texas

September Speakers

Corey S. Davis, JD, MSPH, EMT

Corey Davis, JD, MSPH, EMT

Director, Harm Reduction Legal Project,
Deputy Director, Southeastern Region

Network for Public Health Law

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Sean Soth

Director of Health and Integration

Evergreen Treatment Services

Catherine Perez
Catherine Perez

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Evergreen Treatment Services

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