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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 also working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to add Painless to MDHHS’s Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum.

Painless is performed at high schools across Michigan to engage youth and educate them about opioid use disorder. To learn more about Painless’s mission and goals, please read our flyer here.

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We envision a future for Painless that includes:

  • Workshops hosted for high school theater departments that will equip these schools with the necessary tools to perform Painless locally as well as educate the cast and student body about the opioid epidemic.
  • An expanded team to widen our reach, allowing us to dedicate the essential time and resources to ensure the growth of Painless.
  • A cast album that will appeal to a wide variety of audiences and educate people about opioid use disorder on a broad, accessible scale.


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.