Meet PhARM


Lucas G. Hill, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Director & Lead Instructor

Dr. Hill graduated from the UMKC School of Pharmacy and completed a combined residency/fellowship in the UPMC Department of Family Medicine. He is now a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy where he founded the PhARM Program and led implementation of Operation Naloxone. His research is focused on clinician-community collaborations to address substance use disorders through evidence-based treatment and harm reduction strategies.



Claire Zagorski, MSc, LP
Program Coordinator & Harm Reduction Instructor

Ms. Zagorski earned a Bachelor’s Degree at The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s Degree at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has practiced clinically as a paramedic in multiple treatment settings, including as a member of the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. She founded Longhorn Stop the Bleed and is committed to supporting healthcare professionals who seek to integrate harm reduction principles in their practice.



Lindsey J. Loera, PharmD
Inaugural PhARM Fellow

Dr. Loera graduated from The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy in 2020 and is currently completing a two-year fellowship with the PhARM Program. In this role, she will develop an innovative clinical pharmacy practice at CARMAhealth and conduct statewide research exploring the pharmacist’s role in addiction treatment. She previously served as President of the Student Pharmacist Recovery Network and co-founded the Addiction Medicine Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience.



Carlos F. Tirado, MD, MPH, FASAM
Medical Consultant & Clinical Instructor

Dr. Tirado is board-certified in general and addiction psychiatry. He is the founder and chief medical officer of CARMAhealth, a patient-centered medical home for people with substance use disorder. He serves as President of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and he has faculty appointments with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy and Dell Medical School.


PhARM Research Assistants
Sorina B. Torrez
Mandy L. Renfro
Josh C. Perez

Operation Naloxone Student Leaders
PharmD Student Director: Kelley White
PharmD Student Chairs: Hejab Khan & Kami Johnston
MSW Student Chair: Alexandra White


Publications

Renfro ML, Moczygemba LR, Baumgartner J, Baumgart G, Hill LG. Type and extent of opioid-related education provided by U.S. college of pharmacy continuing education divisions. Am J Pharm Educ. Published online ahead of print June 2, 2020.
Hill LG, Evoy KE, Reveles KR. Reply to a letter regarding, “Pharmacists are missing an opportunity to save lives and advance the profession by embracing opioid harm reduction”. J Am Pharm Assoc. Published online ahead of print March 25, 2020.
Hill LG, Holleran Steiker LK, Mazin L, Kinzly ML. Implementation of a collaborative model for opioid overdose prevention on campus. J Am Coll Health. 2020;68(3):223-6.
Evoy KE, Groff L, Hill LG, Godinez W, Gandhi R, Reveles KR. Impact of student pharmacist-led naloxone academic detailing at community pharmacies in Texas. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2020;60:81-6.
Hill LG, Evoy KE, Reveles KR. Pharmacists are missing an opportunity to save lives and advance the profession by embracing opioid harm reduction. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2019:59(6):779-82.
Hill LG, Reveles KR, Evoy KE. State-level approaches to expanding pharmacists’ authority to dispense naloxone may affect accessibility. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(10):1442-3.
Evoy KE, Hill LG, Groff L, Mazin L, Carlson C, Reveles KR. Naloxone accessibility without a prescriber encounter under standing orders at community pharmacy chains in Texas. JAMA. 2018;320(18):1934-7.
Hill LG, Sanchez JP, Laguado SA, Lawson KA. Operation Naloxone: Overdose prevention service learning for student pharmacists. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2018;10(10):1348-53.
Han JK, Hill LG, Koenig ME, Das N. Naloxone counseling for harm reduction and patient engagement. Fam Med. 2017;49(9):730-3.

Popular Media

NPR All Things Considered | On college campuses, making overdose medication readily available
Pharmacy Today | Patients can get—and pharmacists can provide—naloxone at the pharmacy. Why don’t they?
Belleville News-Democrat | Can you really overdose from fentanyl in the air? Here’s what medical experts say.
Austin American-Statesman | “We are not immune” – how the opioid crisis is hitting Central Texas
Spectrum News | Lone star crisis – the opioid epidemic
KXAN | UT looks to take on youth addiction with Pop-Up Institute
Spectrum News | Trump unveils opioid plan
Drug Topics | Four ways pharmacists are fighting opioid abuse
Houston Chronicle | Texas college students, fearing opioid deaths, teach each other to reverse overdoses
Alcalde | How Texas is Trying to Stay Ahead of the Opioid Epidemic
UT News | This is Why the Opioid Crisis is as Dangerous as a Terrorist Attack
The Utopian | Minimizing Harm
NPR Marketplace | Overdose Prevention on College Campuses
iForumRx | Coprescribing Naloxone: A Moral Imperative (iTunes / PodBean)
iForumRx | Opioid Safety & Overdose Prevention Resource Page
The Daily Texan | College of Pharmacy Combats Opioid Overdose with Campus Campaign
The Daily Texan | Co-op Residents Prepare for Overdose Emergencies by Participating in Operation Naloxone