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Initiatives 2023

OPEN leads many projects to educate our Michigan Communities, and in order to showcase these projects, OPEN splits them up into different initiatives. These initiatives are a core part of our work here at OPEN, and directly link to our mission to help provide transformative solutions through our research-based evidence, engagement with our communities, and our compiled list of resources.


OPEN’s Opioid Prescribing Recommendations are procedure-specific and developed through data analysis, literature review and expert consensus. The recommendations are updated as new evidence is published in order to keep providers current with best practices in opioid prescribing. Learn more about our Opioid Prescribing Recommendations.

Pain and Opioid Data Collection

An overview of the standard data collection elements needed to create and evaluate opioid prescribing recommendations




Managing unused, unwanted, and expired medications is a safety and environmental concern. There are simple and safe alternatives, like take-back events and local disposal sites. Learn more about safe storage and disposal.

Opioids Safe Storage & Disposal

Learn how to safely store and dispose of opioids.


Inspired by true stories of addiction and recovery, Painless: The Opioid Musical was developed to educate high school students about the risks involved in taking opioids. Learn more about Painless.

Painless: The Opioid Musical Toolkit

Learn how to facilitate discussions about Painless and help students engage with the topics appearing in the musical.

Stigma Reduction

OPEN is dedicated to reducing stigma in our communities, especially in health care. Learn more about spreading awareness to the importance of patient-centered care and person-first language.

Addiction Language Guide

Comprehensive addiction language guide to reduce use of stigmatizing language.

Words Matter Video

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