Opioid Preventative Strategy
Michigan OPEN was founded to develop a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the state of Michigan through a focus on acute care prescribing (surgery, dentistry, emergency medicine, and trauma). Addressing opioid prescribing during the acute care period among those patients not using opioids has the greatest potential to reduce the number of new chronic opioid users and minimize unintended distribution of prescription opioids into communities.
Existing public health measures currently focus on palliative strategies that target chronic opioid use. A strategy that focuses on the prevention of opioid dependence requires targeting opioid-naïve patients prior to opioid dependence.