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Michigan OPEN

Open for Healthcare Professionals

We offer evidence-based best practices and the latest research in an effort to support healthcare professionals and change the trajectory of the opioid epidemic. On this site, you’ll find up-to-date resources for:

Our Evidence

Our team conducts research on numerous aspects of opioid prescribing and pain management. Take a look at our published research.

Our Evidence

See the latest information for healthcare professionals:

Pediatric Surgical Pain Management Toolkit

This toolkit focuses on prevention of opioid-related complications in children and adolescents by intervening at the point many are first introduced to them: when acute pain is treated after surgery. Providers and parents can find best practices, free educational materials, and sharable resources in this toolkit.

Permanent Disposal Guide

Permanent medication disposal boxes provide a safe and effective method for disposing of opioids and other medications to prevent misuse or diversion. This guide provides instructions on how to implement a disposal box, including financing, governance, education, and evaluation.

Words Matter Video

Changing our language improves outcomes for those struggling with addiction. Watch this brief video to learn more.

Addiction Language Guide

Comprehensive addiction language guide to reduce use of stigmatizing language.

Acute Care Opioid Prescribing Guide

This Guide is a compilation of resources to support evidence-based acute care opioid prescribing.

Transitions of Care Pathway Buildouts

This guide is comprised of email templates with resources for surgeons and PAs to care for patients who scored positive in one or more category of the TAPS screening questionnaire.

Managing Your Pain After Surgery Without Opioids (Adults)

Recent studies have shown that surgical pain can be managed using non-opioid, over-the-counter pain medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen). This three-page guide can be provided to patients to help understand how to manage post-operative pain.

Pain Control Optimization Pathway

The Pain Control Optimization Pathway (POP) is an innovative, opioid sparing, acute pain management plan. Carefully tailored to meet the demands of specific surgical procedures, POP provides uncompromising pain management to opioid-naïve patients by focusing on education and functional recovery goals.

Medication Disposal

This poster, when placed in exam rooms, will facilitate discussion on the safe disposal of unused opioids. Additionally, two QR codes link to OPEN’s patient education brochure and map of permanent disposal locations.