Michigan OPEN Opioid Prescribing Guidelines featured as one of several resources all combatting the opioid epidemic at Michigan Medicine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 115 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose—almost five every hour—and the numbers are increasing, A wide range of U-M researchers are working to tackle the root causes of, and potential solutions for, this national crisis. One of these solutions, Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for Surgery,…

Michigan OPEN Co-Directors on panel at National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit with BCBSM and MDHHS

  Michigan OPEN co-directors, Jenn Waljee MD and Chad Brummett MD, alongside Chris Priest (Medicaid Director for the Department of Health and Human Services), and Tom Leyden (Director II, Value Partnerships Program at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) were featured presenters at the National Prescription Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia last week.…

Cutting Postoperative Opioid Prescriptions Dramatically, With No Increase in Pain

A new study, published in JAMA Surgery, reveals an interesting breakthrough from the Michigan OPEN team at the University of Michigan, in efforts to stop the national crisis of opioid addiction. The study found that reducing opioid prescribing by nearly sixty-six percent did not affect the patient’s level of postoperative pain control, which would mean…

Statewide Drug Take Back Event Nets 900 Pounds of Opioids & More

Michiganders from eight communities had a chance to drop unneeded medications off for free on September 30, as part of the largest drug take-back event ever spearheaded by the Michigan-OPEN initiative based at IHPI. The event, which included partners from healthcare and law enforcement in Ann Arbor, Commerce, Escanaba, Jackson, Livonia, Pontiac, Saginaw, and Traverse…

Michigan OPEN in collaboration with MSQC develops opioid prescribing recommendations

The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan-OPEN) teamed up with the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) to develop a new evidence-based guide to assist providers in prescribing opioids after surgery. The guide, now available online for free, gives postoperative prescribing recommendations for 11 common procedures including: hysterectomies, laparoscopic appendectomies, and more. But, the groups are…