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Latest - Mar 15, 2024

Painless: The Opioid Musical Tours in Fall 2023; Schedules Spring 2024 Tour

Creation of Painless: The Opioid Musical started after Dr. Chad Brummett, Co-Director of OPEN, presented to a group of high school health policy students and asked them who could go home and easily get their hands on unused opioids within an hour. To his surprise, 75% of the students raised their hands. On his drive […]
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 […]
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.
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