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Latest - Jan 10, 2023

Three Years of Research Culminating in Best Practice Recommendations for Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Karen Cooper started her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (also known as Ear, Nose and Throat or ENT) 25 years ago, and one of the first surgeries she learned to perform was a tonsillectomy. When she began her career, the common practice was to prescribe large amounts of an opioid to manage the […]
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 […]
Nov 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 […]
Oct 22, 2021


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 […]
Oct 21, 2021

MOUD Training Held for 77 ED Providers

The Michigan OPEN/MEDIC team hosted a virtual, 3-hour Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) training for 77 Emergency Medicine providers on October 14, 2021. The course was instructed by Drs. Nick Rademacher, Andy King, and Brad Riley. To learn more about our MEDIC project, visit our website.
Oct 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.
Oct 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 […]
Sep 8, 2021

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.
Aug 26, 2021

6800 Naloxone Kits Assembled to Date

The MEDIC team has assembled 6800 naloxone kits to date and shipped 4337 kits to 21 emergency departments throughout Michigan.
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