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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:

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.

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.

Dental – Learn the Facts: Opioids and Pain Management

Ask questions and know the facts before using opioids for your pain.

  • What is an opioid?
  • Understanding the risks of using opioids
  • Understanding pain after a dental procedure
  • Using opioids safely
  • Safe storage & disposal of opioids

Over-the-Counter Quick Reference – Dental

A condensed two-pager on using acetaminophen and NSAIDs for postoperative pain management.

Acute Care Opioid Treatment and Prescribing Recommendations: Dental

Prescribing recommendations from the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission (PDOAC) for dentists. These step-by-step recommendations will assist surgeons prepare for appointments, suggest alternative acute pain therapies for patients, and provide post-procedural guidelines to treat acute pain.

Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

This free course will empower non-prescribing providers and other learners in directly impacting the opioid epidemic through increased knowledge and tools to transform practice and policies.

Dental Evidence – One Pager

One-pager using graphics to display evidence-based findings specific to opioid use in dentistry, for posting in dental lounges or work spaces.

4 Reasons Why (Dental) – Brochure

This brochure, created for dental providers, uses recently published data to compel prescribers to change their opioid prescribing practice.

Managing Pain After Dental Care

  • Discussing pain management with your dentist
  • Understanding acute dental pain
  • Instructions for use of over-the-counter-pain medications
  • Non-drug options for pain management

Michigan Opioid Laws

This poster, placed in your waiting or exam rooms, helps patients understand the requirements and limitations, mandated by Michigan law, when writing for prescription opioids.

Only available for organizations in Michigan

Safe Storage & Disposal of Opioids

Learn how to safely store and dispose of your opioids, including:

  • How to use Michigan OPEN’s Take Back Map to find an authorized disposal location in your community