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:

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.

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 website.

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

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.

Visit our interactive customization requests map.



Looking to add your logo to our materials? We will co-brand materials you request for free! Visit our Patient & Community Education webpage to get started.

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 to race participants.

They raised over $8,000 and had a great event turnout.


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 eight statewide take back events and collected 22,647 lbs. of medications and reached over 46 counties in Michigan!


We are grateful to all of our partners for making this fall’s event a success. If you are interested in hosting a site in your community for the fall 2022 Take Back Event, please fill out the Event Interest Form.

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 having to leave their vehicles.

To read more, visit this article from Michigan Medicine.


Fall 2021 Take-Back Locations

Washtenaw County

  • Ann Arbor: St. Joseph’s Hospital, 5301 McAuley Drive
  • Dexter: American Legion Hall, Dexter-Chelsea Road
  • Manchester: Manchester Police, 275 S Macomb St
  • Ypsilanti: West Willow Community Resource Center, 2057 Tyler Road

Alpena County

  • Alpena: Alpena Public Safety Facility, 501 River Street

Bay County

  • Bay City: Bay County Sheriff’s Office, 503 3rd Street

Berrien County

  • St. Joseph: Lakeland Center for Outpatient Services, 3900 Hollywood Road

Genesee County

  • Flint: Hasselbring Senior Center, 1002 W. Homes Ave

Ionia County

  • Lake Odessa: Lake Odessa Police Department, 839 4th Ave
  • Portland: Portland Police Department, 773 E. Grand River Ave

Kent County

  • Grand Rapids: SHMG South Pavilion, 80 60th Street
  • Grand Rapids: Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, 665 Seward Ave NW
  • Grand Rapids: Priority Health Main Campus, 3111 Leonard Street NE

Livingston County

  • Pinckney: Pinckney Town Square Park, E Main Street
  • South Lyon: South Lyon Police Station, 219 Whipple Street

Luce County

  • Newberry: The LINK, 103 West Helen Street

Mackinac County

  • Engadine: Garfield Township Hall, N6760 Michigan 117

Macob County

  • St. Clair Shores: Lakeview Administration Building, 27575 Harper

Mason County

  • Ludington: Mason County Fairgrounds, E. Ludington Ave

Newaygo County

  • Fremont: Tamarac Wellness Center, 1401 West Main Street
  • Newaygo: Hometown Pharmacy, 226 West River Valley Drive

Oakland County

  • Commerce Township: Commerce Township Fire Station, 9170 Commerce Road
  • Walled Lake: Walled Lake Police Department, 1499 E. Maple Road
  • Wixom: Wixom Police Department, 49045 Pontiac Trail

Ottawa County

  • Holland: Holland Hospital, 602 Michigan Ave.
  • Zeeland: Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital

Wayne County

  • Dearborn: Beaumont Hospital, 18101 Oakwood Blvd
  • Farmington Hills: Beaumont Hospital, 28050 Grand River Ave
  • Grosse Pointe: Beaumont Hospital, 468 Cadieux Road
  • Royal Oak: Beaumont Hospital, 3601 W. 13 Mile Rd.
  • Sterling Heights: Beaumont Hospital, 44344 Dequindre Rd Ste 140
  • Taylor: Beaumont Hospital, 10000 Telegraph Rd.
  • Trenton: Beaumont Hospital, 5450 Fort Street
  • Wayne: Beaumont Hospital, 33155 Annapolis St.

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

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 submitted for Michigan Medicine’s Quality Month celebration. This celebration highlights important improvement work happening across Michigan Medicine.

Not only was this poster accepted initially, but our team was asked to return for a second presentation and live Q + A session as well.

To learn more, visit https://mmheadlines.org/2021/10/building-our-base-quality-month-celebrates-those-performing-vital-work-toward-u-m-health-priorities/.

To register for a session, visit https://umich.instructure.com/enroll/6EMKMK.