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LATEST - January 13, 2022

Opioid Prescribing for Safe, Effective Postsurgical Pain Management

General Surgery News – “Smarter prescribing of opioids following surgery can help prevent dependence and overuse of these drugs, panelists said at the 2021 virtual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress. If prescribing opioids, use recommendations established by the Michigan OPEN (Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network).” Check out the full article on the GSN website:

January 10, 2022

FREE 3-Hour Buprenorphine training to be held March, 17, 2022.

Hosted by the Michigan OPEN/MEDIC team, this free training is tailored to ED and acute care providers. BCBSM is providing generous financial support, including $500 attendance incentives to ED physicians and APPs in Michigan. If you have any questions please contact Lyle Johnson at lyjo@med.umich.edu or Ellie English at egengli@med.umich.edu.

December 1, 2021

“Less than 10% of opioid overdose patients are prescribed potentially lifesaving medications after emergency treatment”

Newswise – “As opioid overdose deaths soar during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Michigan Medicine study found that the vast majority of patients treated for opioid overdoses in United States emergency departments don’t receive two potentially lifesaving medications before they leave the hospital or in the weeks soon after.” Check out the full article on the newswise…

November 29, 2021

Read our Fall 2021 Newsletter now.

Learn more about our fall Take Back Events, customization requests, featured research and more.

November 12, 2021

We’ve Completed 220+ Customization Requests.

Michigan OPEN offers free customization requests to our education materials.  We’ve completed over 145 requests just in Michigan alone and 228 total. We’ve reached countries as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and more. Any organization can request that their logo be added to our materials, and they will be co-branded by our team….

November 9, 2021

SOMA D.O. Monster Dash 5K Community Partnership

Michigan OPEN supported the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. They hosted a 5k this fall, with part of their proceeds benefitting Families Against Narcotics. We provided 250 DeTerra disposal bags and 250 copies of our ‘Safe Storage & Disposal’ stock card for the student organizers to provide…

November 5, 2021

Fall 2021 Take Back Event a Success!

Michigan OPEN hosted its fall Take Back Event on Saturday, October 23th with 40 sites participating across the state. 39,420 opioids and 2,032 lbs. of unwanted medications were collected, highlighting the need for take back events even during a pandemic.  To keep contact to minimum, many sites provided drive-thru medication disposal. To date, we have held…

October 22, 2021

GET RISKY LEFTOVER MEDICATIONS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 23

Michigan residents in 16 counties have a chance to get opioids and other unused and expired prescription medications out of their medicine cabinets through 36 simultaneous events held around the state. The events will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with many locations offering drive-up options where participants can safely dispose of medications without…

October 18, 2021

Dispose of old/expired medication THIS Saturday, 10/23/21.

Walk or drive-up and dispose of your medication for free, no questions asked. Visit our online map to find a site near you.

October 13, 2021

Transitions of Care Pilot Poster Presentation

We are excited to tune this Thursday, October 14, as two of our teammates present their poster on a Transitions of Care project. The project is comprehensive transitions of care pathway for patients undergoing surgery can help mitigate the financial and human cost of uncoordinated care with respect to opioid pain management. This poster was…