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Latest - Nov 29, 2022

OPEN Team Presents Pediatric Research at the 2022 APHA Conference

OPEN team members Heidi Aslesen and Zahra Dawson attended the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Boston from November 6th through November 9th to present research on the intersection of pediatric opioid prescribing, BMI and the impact on children. The APHA Annual Meeting is a yearly public health conference that celebrates the vast […]
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.
Feb 16, 2022

Read our Winter 2022 Newsletter

Spring 2022 Take Back Event date announced, new research from our team, and more.
Feb 14, 2022

‘Narcan 101: How to use it, why it works and how to get it.’ – Detroit Free Press

Check out this article from the Detroit Free Press, featuring Keith Kocher, MD, one of our board members and the director of the MEDIC program, with whom we work with to distribute naloxone in Emergency Departments around the state. Click here to find out where you can access naloxone.
Feb 3, 2022

“Michigan network takes preventive approach to address rising opioid overdoses”

Our work was the subject of a article published this week by Second Wave Michigan. It is part of a series focusing on health issues in Michigan and the people all across the state doing innovative work to improve health equity. Three of our team leaders are featured in the piece.
Jan 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: READ […]
Jan 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 or Ellie English at
Dec 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 […]
Nov 29, 2021

Read our Fall 2021 Newsletter now.

Learn more about our fall Take Back Events, customization requests, featured research and more.
Nov 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. […]
Nov 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 […]
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