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Latest - Jul 12, 2022

New Resource: Pediatric Toolkit Available

We are excited to announce a new resource: Our Pediatric Surgical Pain Management Toolkit! This toolkit focuses on prevention of opioid-related complications in children and adolescents by intervening at the point many are first introduced to them: when acute pain is treated after surgery. Providers and parents can find best practices, free educational materials, and […]
Jun 20, 2022

3,300 Naloxone Rescue Kits Distributed

From March 2020 – May 2022, the our partnership with MEDIC has distributed 3,300 naloxone rescue kits to patients in 22 emergency departments across the state of Michigan. The ‘Rescue Kits’ include gloves, a CPR face-shield, a naloxone education brochure, a county-specific pharmacy information card, and two doses of Narcan. The Naloxone Rescue Kits are […]
Jun 3, 2022

Receive a FULLY-FUNDED medication disposal box from OPEN!

Grant funding opportunity available to support implementation of a permanent medication disposal box. Applicants will have the opportunity to select the disposal box that best meets their capacity and needs. Boxes, or kiosks, will be provided through American Rx Group and purchased for the awardee by OPEN. Only organizations in Michigan are eligible to apply. […]
May 26, 2022

Register now for the Summer of Addiction Summit!

Join Shatterproof on June 8 at 11:30am ET for the Stigma of Addiction Summit, a free, virtual, half-day symposium that will focus entirely on understanding, addressing, and eliminating the harmful impacts of stigma on people who use drugs and experience addiction. Register to attend: www.Shatterproof.org/StigmaSummit2022
May 23, 2022

Read our spring 2022 newsletter.

Our spring newsletter is here! Featuring our new website, spring medication take back events, new resources and more.   Click here to read the newsletter. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
May 10, 2022

Addiction prevention: Opioid prescriptions after surgeries decline in Michigan, doctors say

One of our co-directors, Dr. Mark Bicket, spoke to WXYZ Detroit about declining opioid prescriptions after surgery and how over-the-counter medicines can be effective at managing post-operative pain. “Some of the medicines, people may even have in their prescription cabinet at home or can get over the counter. So, Tylenol, acetaminophen is one those. When […]
May 5, 2022

OPEN Partnered to Host Take Back Events in 32 Communities Around the State on April 30, 2022

Ann Arbor – On Saturday, April 30, Michigan residents in 16 counties had a chance to get opioids and other unused and expired prescription medications out of their medicine cabinets through 32 simultaneous events held around the state. The collective effort resulted in hundreds of families safely removing a total of over 2000 pounds of […]
May 2, 2022

Successful Medication Take Back Events held at 32 sites in April 2022

Congratulations to our 32 sites across Michigan on another successful medication Take Back Event this weekend! Thanks to you, residents in 16 counties were able to safely, easily and discreetly dispose of opioids on Saturday, April 30, 2022. For year-round disposal, please visit our digital disposal map. 
Apr 21, 2022

RX Summit 2022 – Presentation

Today, two of our directors, Dr. Mark Bicket and Dr. Jennifer Waljee spoke at the 2022 RX Summit. In the presentation: “Pain Management: Lessons From Michigan and West Virginia”, they discussed a Perioperative Pain Care Management and Coordination pathway. To learn more, visit our Transitions of Care page.  
Apr 19, 2022

Fifth ‘Medications for Opioid Use Disorder’ Training held 3/17/22

The Michigan OPEN/MEDIC team hosted a virtual, 3-hour Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) training on March 17, 2022. This was the fifth MOUD Training session held by Michigan OPEN/MEDIC The course was instructed by Drs. Nick Rademacher, Andy King, and Brad Riley. 111 providers attended the event – the largest MOUD Training session to […]
Mar 25, 2022

“Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management After EVAR and CEA”.

Dr. Mark Bicket, one of our co-directors, presented “Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management After EVAR and CEA” during the BMC2 Vascular Surgery Coordinator Meeting on March 16, 2022. During the presentation, he reviewed opioid prescribing data and discussed options on how to help patients recover from surgery. Watch his presentation here. Note, the presentation is about 20 minutes […]
Mar 21, 2022

‘Addressing the Opioid Crisis Part 1: Understanding the Crisis’ – PBGH

One of our Co-Directors, Dr. Chad Brummett spoke on the podcast: “It’s All Your Business”, hosted by the Pittsburgh Business Group on Health. In the episode, Dr. Brummett discussed the current landscape of the opioid crisis and offered insights into how employers can make a difference. Listen to the full episode here. Note, the episode is about […]
Mar 2, 2022

The Surgeon’s Role In Preventing Opioid Abuse

  One of our founders, Dr. Michael Englesbe, recently spoke on the Opioid Conversations with Surgeons podcast, hosted by the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Surgical Opioid Stewardship program. Dr. Englesbe spoke on the topic of opioid use in surgery, multi-modal pain care, creating opioid prescribing guidelines and more. Note: the episode is about 25 minutes long.
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