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UT Austin Wellness Network
Committee On Substance Safety and Overdose Prevention (COSSOP)

The Wellness Network Committee on Substance Safety and Overdose Prevention works to address substance use safety and overdose prevention in the UT community through a public health and harm reduction framework. This committee also seeks to provide education and reduce stigma surrounding help seeking behaviors. A focus of the committee has been on preventing opioid misuse and overdose via the provision of naloxone.

All campus community members with an interest in the prevention of overdose or substance safety are invited to participate. Email our committee chair Matthew Olson to learn more or get involved.

INITIATIVES


The Committee on Substance Safety and Overdose Prevention seeks to address substance use safety and overdose prevention in the UT community through a public health and harm reduction framework in the UT community through the following initiatives:

UT Prescription Drug Take Back Day

 
COSSOP coordinated the first ever UT Prescription Drug Take Back Day in the fall of 2017, which was open to anyone from the UT and greater Austin community. This free event was an anonymous way for members of the community to safely get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and nonprescription drugs and learn more about substance safety. The effort is meant to prevent pill misuse, theft, and reduce the risk of accidental overdose.

Operation Naloxone


COSSOP provides on-going support to Operation Naloxone, which is a groundbreaking project co-facilitated by the College of Pharmacy, the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative that seeks to provide members of the UT community with education on overdose prevention and supplies of naloxone, a medication that can reverse opioid overdose.

Campus partners


  • College of Pharmacy
  • The Steve Hicks School of Social Work
  • UHS Office of Health Promotion
  • UT Center for Students in Recovery
  • New Student Services
  • 40 Acres Pharmacy
  • UTPD
  • Students for Sustainable Drug Policy
  • Student Pharmacy Recovery Network
  • Austin Harm Reduction Coalition


Get Involved

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Matthew Olson, LPC

Leadership:
Matthew Olson, LPC


Matthew is originally from the Houston area and enjoys all sports, playing with his daughter, and spending time with his livestock. Matthew chairs both the high-risk drinking prevention committee and committee on substance safety and overdose prevention.

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