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Heores Program

About Heroes The Houston Emergency Opioid Engagement System (Heroes) is one of the flagship programs of the Center for Behavioral Emergency and Addiction Research. Heroes is a national clinical trial (NCT #03396276) providing street outreach to individuals who have called 911 for drug overdoses or have been treated in an affiliated hospital emergency department. If enrolled, individuals will receive rapid induction with buprenorphine, and comprehensive medical and behavioral treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). Heroes also provides groups, individual coaching, and ongoing peer recovery support. The Heroes Program maintains an outpatient research clinic based at the McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics facility, with medical oversight by emergency physicians and staffed with advanced practice providers. The program offers medical, behavioral health, peer support, and other services. Heroes has been continuously funded since 2018 and has enrolled more than 1,500 individuals, distributed more than 4,000 units of Narcan across the state of Texas, provided educational programs reaching nearly 12,000 and has served over 30,000 in all awareness, education, primary prevention, and treatment efforts. Heroes is funded through grants from Texas Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), as well as the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH NIDA).