The OPEN Mission
The Overdose Prevention Engagement Network (OPEN) is a diverse team dedicated to improving lives and reducing harms of substance use. By engaging with individuals, communities, and organizations, we share education and resources to strengthen person-centered prevention, treatment, and recovery.
At OPEN, we are agents of change. With an overarching goal of developing transformative, evidence-based solutions to reduce harm and stigma surrounding substance use, we work daily to transform how healthcare providers and communities understand and approach substance use disorders at every level.
Collaboration is our engine. A diverse team of clinicians, behavioral health consultants, researchers, analysts, coordinators, and communication specialists, we are committed to providing leverageable resources to the many stakeholders of the substance misuse crisis.
Our foundation is built on evidence. Using data, we develop proven solutions and work to implement them within medical establishments, supporting providers to enact protocols based on the most up-to-date information available.
Deep engagement is how we put knowledge into action. We cultivate and foster connections with a range of communities – medical, institutional, regional, cultural, and beyond. Reaching far and wide, we share actionable education with diverse audiences.
People are at the center of everything we do. Our purpose is human. We aim to minimize stigma and create better outcomes for more people.
We are OPEN. Together, we empower individuals, communities, and organizations to change the trajectory of the misuse epidemic.
2024 – A NEW OPEN Overdose Prevention Engagement Network
In early 2024, The Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and Michigan Opioid Collaborative merged to form a new OPEN – the Overdose Prevention Engagement Network. This strategic integration allows us to more broadly and efficiently address the full continuum of opioid and substance use disorders – from prevention through treatment.
2017 – Michigan Opioid Collaborative
The Michigan Opioid Collaborative formed in 2017 as a response to a lack of accessible opioid use disorder treatment in Michigan. MOC supported prescribers across the state with implementing medication for opioid use disorder, hosted educational webinars, and embedded Behavioral Health Consultants regionally to keep abreast of local treatment landscapes.
2016 – OPEN: Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network
The Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network formed in 2016 to change the trajectory of the opioid epidemic by focusing on the pillars of education, resources, and engagement. OPEN began by disrupting the cycle of dependency where it begins — most commonly with a prescription to manage acute pain after surgery.