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Painless: The Opioid Musical


Painless: The Opioid Musical is a project developed by OPEN, and the University of Michigan’s Precision Health and School of Music, Theatre & Dance. OPEN is working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to add Painless to MDHHS’s Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum.

Inspired by true stories of opioid addiction and recovery, Painless: The Opioid Musical was developed to engage high school students and educate them about opioid use disorder. Painless follows a group of bored students being forced to sit through a drug awareness assembly at school. As the show proceeds, they begin to realize the importance of sharing and passing on these important stories.

The Painless Story

In 2018, individuals from the organization Families Against Narcotics were interviewed, and their stories were translated into song and became the foundation of Painless: The Opioid Musical.

After its live performance debut in winter of 2019, the show had a multi-year delay due to COVID-19. It is now intended to begin touring in Michigan high schools in the Fall of 2022.

Painless: The Opioid Musical was written by Jacob Ryan Smith with additional material provided by Peter Scattini & Noah Kierserman. Painless was inspired by stories of individuals from Families Against Narcotics (FAN) who have been impacted by opioid use disorder.



Watch a sneak preview of Painless

Below is a performance of two songs from Painless by U-M students Jacob Ryan Smith and Emma Ashford. This performance is from the summit, “Opioids: Policy to Practice,” which took place on May 10, 2019, in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Where to Stream

Painless: The Opioid Musical is now officially streaming and available for the public! You find the musical cast recording at the following services:


Apple Music


Interested in Painless Materials?

Download our free Painless Toolkit for Supplemental Activities for the Michigan Model for Health curriculum.

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How can I Contribute?

Your donation helps us reach as many youth as possible with Painless.

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