T.J. Mayes, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff

Blockchain can be key to tackling the opioid crisis, said speakers Saturday at a South by Southwest Conference & Festivals panel, because of its ability to track actions, such as when an opioid user opens a bottle to take a pill, while also maintaining patient privacy.

Bexar County holds the dubious distinction of having almost a third of the state’s cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome, in which babies are born with opioid withdrawal because of their mothers’ opioid use during pregnancy.

Local attorney and activist T.J. Mayes sat on Saturday’s panel to discuss some of the work the Joint Opioid Task Force he chairs has done to tackle the opioid crisis locally. Mayes, who recently stepped down from his chief of staff post in County Judge Nelson Wolff’s office, has since been hired as a junior partner at the law firm Phipps Deacon Purnell but continues his work fighting the pharmaceutical companies perpetuating the opioid epidemic.

(Excerpt) Read more Here | 2019-03-09 23:46:00
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