Opioid lawsuit payout plans overlook a vital need – The Conversation

Check out this article from one of our Principal Investigators, Dr. Mark Bicket, MD, PhD. Published on the digital journal The Conversation’s website, it focuses on addressing resource gaps for patients with acute and chronic pain.

Opioid lawsuit payout plans overlook a vital need: Pain management care and research focused on smarter use of addictive drugs.

The Summer: 2021 edition is now available to view online. Click the button to access.

This summer, Michigan OPEN partnered with Shatterproof to address stigma surrounding addiction. For the ‘Summer of Stigma’ series, both teams planned three events, focused on raising awareness and providing solutions to ending the impacts of stigma those with substance-use disorder.

The first event was held on June 10: the Stigma of Addiction Summit. This half-day, virtual, action-oriented summit focused on understanding, addressing, and eliminating the harmful impacts of stigma on people who use drugs.

The second event was held on July 8: Stigma, Maternal Health, and the Opioid Crisis webinar. One of our Co-Directors, Dr. Jennifer Waljee, gave the opening remarks. Participants had the chance to hear from Shatterproof Ambassador, Kim Robbins, as she shared her journey to recovery, specifically highlighting her experiences with healthcare providers.

We also spoke with Dr. Neel Shah and Dr. Courtney Townsel as they expanded on the issue of stigma as it exists in clinical settings, how providers can mitigate barriers to care, and the intersection of stigma and health equity in maternal health, specifically.

The third and last event, will be on September 21, from 9 – 11:30 am. This interactive workshop will focus on the personal impact of stigma and strategies for recognizing and eliminating stigma in your daily life.

In partnership with Vital Strategies and DOWNRIVER COUNCIL FOR THE ARTSMichigan Department of Health & Human Services is hosting the Collective Healing through Art: 2021 Overdose Awareness Day Exhibition to broaden awareness of the drug overdose crisis.

The Overdose Awareness Day Exhibition will feature art from individuals impacted by the drug overdose crisis and will run from Aug. 31 to Sept. 18 online and in-person at the Downriver Council for the Arts gallery (81 Chestnut St. Wyandotte, MI). The opening reception for the event will take place on Aug. 31 from 4-7 PM.

Artists will receive up to a $2,000 commission for participation. Artists are eligible to receive $1,500 for the creation of new work and/or $500 for the exhibition of existing work. We’re looking for artists of all experience levels- from emerging community artists to experienced professional artists.

Deadline for submission is Aug. 23, 2021. Artists can apply at https://lnkd.in/dCN3CMnb.


Addiction is an urgent public health crisis. The shame, stigma, and misinformation surrounding this illness are directly fueling the problem.

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Stigma is a big driver of our modern addiction crisis, and it has several faces.

“Most people know about public stigma, which is defined as society’s negative attitudes towards a group of people. But less well-known is the concept of structural stigma. This refers to the role stigma plays in a person’s ability to seek and receive treatment for their chronic illness.”

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Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the addiction crisis in the United States.

Dr. Chad Brummett, one of our co-directors, recently spoke to Detroit’s WXYZ-TV Station, Channel 7 News about the opioid crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The rise in deaths is blamed on isolation, economic uncertainty, and a pause in easy access to health care. The pandemic hurt many aspects of normal life. And it also brought new challenges to the state’s response to an ongoing health opioid crisis.”

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Stigma is the missing piece in our nation’s response to the addiction crisis. Join us and Shatterproof on July 8th at 12pm EDT for a FREE one-hour fireside chat on “Stigma, Maternal Health, and the Opioid Crisis” to learn more about this important topic and hear from experts as well those with lived experiences.

Featuring: Dr. Neel Shah, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs and Dr. Courtney Townsel, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan on the clinical implications and best practices for addressing addiction-related stigmas.

We are looking forward to sharing the valuable content we have worked in close collaboration with Shatterproof to bring to our constituency this summer and hope you will join the conversation. You can help fight stigma and create change in your workplace!

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“Surgeons can ease their patients’ pain from common operations without prescribing opioids, and avoid the possibility of starting someone on a path to long-term use, a pair of new studies suggests.”

Check out this latest article from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, featuring new papers from some of our Co-Directors, and sharing our new Acute Care Opioid Prescribing guide.

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