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  1. Oct 30 2019

    Thousands of Pounds of Unused Medications Collected on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    On Saturday, Oct. 26, Michigan residents in 46 counties had a chance to dispose of opioids and other unused and expired prescription medications in their medicine cabinets through 98 simultaneous events held around the state, including four sites in Indiana. The collective effort resulted in hundreds of families safely removing a total of 3,367 pounds…

  2. Oct 23 2019

    Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26

    The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Opioid overdose deaths in Michigan have almost tripled in five years. To help combat this epidemic, Michigan OPEN is partnering with hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations and police departments around the state to host medication take back events on Saturday, Oct. 26…

  3. Oct 9 2019

    Dr. Brummett Contributes to Joint Op-Ed About Stigma

    Dr. Chad Brummett of Michigan OPEN and Dr. Mary T. Bassett of Harvard University penned a joint op-ed about the role stigma plays in the nation’s opioid epidemic. The article, which appeared on Bridge Magazine’s website, stressed the necessity of developing an achievable plan of action to reduce the presence of stigma surrounding opioid use…

  4. Sep 17 2019

    Michigan OPEN Participates in Naloxone Distribution Day

    The state of Michigan distributed more than 50,000 naloxone kits during Naloxone Distribution Day on Sept. 14. During the event, participating locations were able to pass out the kits free of charge in an effort to prevent deaths from opioid overdose. Michigan OPEN was thrilled to take part in the event in partnership with the…

  5. Sep 12 2019

    Dr. Chad Brummett Warns Against Prescribing Opioids for Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Interview with CBS

    Dr. Chad Brummett spoke with CBS News about the dangers of prescribing opioids for wisdom tooth extractions and discussed potential alternatives. Michigan OPEN’s research has found that just filling a prescription for opioids after a wisdom tooth extraction, which is often patients’ first exposure to opioids, more than doubles the risk of continued use in…

  6. Sep 6 2019

    New Opioid Disposal Bin at CHLA

    On July 1st, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles became the first free standing children’s hospital on the west coast to offer an opioid disposal bin. With Michigan OPEN’s guidance, the hospital endorsed installation of the disposal bin. For more information on safe opioid disposal, visit our website.

  7. Sep 6 2019

    Dr. Chad Brummett Discusses Opioid Use for Ankle Sprains in WBUR Interview

    In an interview with WBUR, Dr. Chad Brummett addressed findings that opioid therapy is being used in treatment of ankle sprains despite not being included in recommendations. This comes from recent U-M publication “Rate of Opioid Prescriptions for Patients With Acute Ankle Sprain”. He discussed the issue in the broader context of the opioid epidemic,…

  8. May 29 2019

    Painless: The Opioid Musical

    Inspired by true stories of opioid addiction and recovery, Painless: The Opioid Musical is a collaboration between Michigan OPEN, Precision Health at the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. This production is a work in progress (expected completion late 2019). It will be performed for middle and high school students, accompanied by discussion…