2019 Prescribing Recommendations

New Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for 2019

  Michigan OPEN’s Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for 2019 are now available. Visit opioidprescribing.info to download as a PDF, Excel, or PowerPoint file.   What’s new for 2019? Recommendations for ten additional procedures, totaling 25 procedures overall Updated numbers for several previous recommendations Important to note are the revisions to previous recommendations. Michigan OPEN constantly aims…

Hundreds of Families Bring Back Unused Medications for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, October 27, Michigan residents in 32 counties had a chance to get opioids and other unused and expired prescription medicines out of their medicine cabinets through 60 simultaneous events held around the state. The collective effort resulted in hundreds of families safely removing over 3,000 pounds of medication, including approximately 40,000 opioids, from…

Those who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom tooth removal are nearly three times as likely to keep using

A new study recently published in JAMA by Michigan OPEN researchers finds a link between filling an opioid prescription after wisdom tooth extraction and long-term opioid use Young people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription immediately before or after they had their wisdom teeth out were nearly three times as likely as…

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions for One Operation Can Also Spill Over to Other Procedures

Dr. Michael Englesbe, co-director of Michigan OPEN and a transplant surgeon at the University of Michigan, has recently taken major strides in curbing the negative outcomes of the opioid epidemic. Describing the role of physicians in mitigating these consequences, he stated that, “Every surgeon, no matter what specialty or procedure they do, dentists included, needs…

Michigan OPEN Research Featured in NY Times

 -Michigan OPEN Co-Director Chad Brummett, MD. In the midst of the Opioid Epidemic, much fueled by the over prescribing of painkillers after surgery, surgeons and researchers are searching for evidence-based guidelines regarding optimal prescription sizes after surgery. Michigan OPEN, with collaborators MSQC released guidelines for opioid prescribing for various procedures back in Fall of 2017,…

Opioid Commission Releases Acute Pain Prescribing Recommendations

Opioid Commission Releases Acute Pain Prescribing Recommendations for Health Professionals

The Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission (PDOAC) has released prescribing recommendations for surgeons, emergency departments and dentists when treating acute pain. The recommendations were created in partnership with Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (OPEN) and University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center. “The recommendations are intended to provide alternatives to opioids and controlled substances for the treatment of acute pain,” said Judge Linda Davis,…