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March 6, 2020

Michigan OPEN and MEDIC Host Second Overdose Prevention Summit

On Feb. 26 in East Lansing, 62 Michigan emergency department physicians and nurse practitioners attended a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training coordinated by the Michigan OPEN-MEDIC project team. Dr. Eric Ketcham, an ED physician, addiction specialist and MAT expert from New Mexico, conducted the 8-hour waiver training. Drs. Brad Riley (Spectrum Health), Andy King (Detroit Medical Center) and Nick Rademacher…

March 5, 2020

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February 19, 2020

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February 11, 2020

Free Online Course Now Available

In collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation and Injury Prevention Center, Michigan OPEN has created and launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) entitled “Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers.” The course empowers non-prescribing providers and other learners to directly impact the opioid epidemic…

December 5, 2019

Michigan OPEN Attends Summit on Overdose Prevention

The “Opioid Overdose Prevention: Emergency Care of the Post-Opioid Overdose Patient” fall summit on Nov. 20 facilitated discussion among stakeholders on best practices and protocol development of post-opioid overdose care in the ED, with a specific focus on naloxone distribution. Participants gained an understanding of the current landscape of post-overdose care protocols around the state,…

October 30, 2019

Thousands of Pounds of Unused Medications Collected on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Michigan residents in 46 counties had a chance to dispose of opioids and other unused and expired prescription medications in their medicine cabinets through 98 simultaneous events held around the state, including four sites in Indiana. The collective effort resulted in hundreds of families safely removing a total of 3,367 pounds…

October 23, 2019

Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 26

The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription drug misuse and abuse. Opioid overdose deaths in Michigan have almost tripled in five years. To help combat this epidemic, Michigan OPEN is partnering with hospitals, pharmacies, community organizations and police departments around the state to host medication take back events on Saturday, Oct. 26…

October 9, 2019

Dr. Brummett Contributes to Joint Op-Ed About Stigma

Dr. Chad Brummett of Michigan OPEN and Dr. Mary T. Bassett of Harvard University penned a joint op-ed about the role stigma plays in the nation’s opioid epidemic. The article, which appeared on Bridge Magazine’s website, stressed the necessity of developing an achievable plan of action to reduce the presence of stigma surrounding opioid use…

September 17, 2019

Michigan OPEN Participates in Naloxone Distribution Day

The state of Michigan distributed more than 50,000 naloxone kits during Naloxone Distribution Day on Sept. 14. During the event, participating locations were able to pass out the kits free of charge in an effort to prevent deaths from opioid overdose. Michigan OPEN was thrilled to take part in the event in partnership with the…