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…

September 12, 2019

Dr. Chad Brummett Warns Against Prescribing Opioids for Wisdom Tooth Extractions in Interview with CBS

Dr. Chad Brummett spoke with CBS News about the dangers of prescribing opioids for wisdom tooth extractions and discussed potential alternatives. Michigan OPEN’s research has found that just filling a prescription for opioids after a wisdom tooth extraction, which is often patients’ first exposure to opioids, more than doubles the risk of continued use in…

September 6, 2019

New Opioid Disposal Bin at CHLA

On July 1st, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles became the first free standing children’s hospital on the west coast to offer an opioid disposal bin. With Michigan OPEN’s guidance, the hospital endorsed installation of the disposal bin. For more information on safe opioid disposal, visit our website.

September 6, 2019

Dr. Chad Brummett Discusses Opioid Use for Ankle Sprains in WBUR Interview

In an interview with WBUR, Dr. Chad Brummett addressed findings that opioid therapy is being used in treatment of ankle sprains despite not being included in recommendations. This comes from recent U-M publication “Rate of Opioid Prescriptions for Patients With Acute Ankle Sprain”. He discussed the issue in the broader context of the opioid epidemic,…

May 29, 2019

Painless: The Opioid Musical

Inspired by true stories of opioid addiction and recovery, Painless: The Opioid Musical is a collaboration between Michigan OPEN, Precision Health at the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. This production is a work in progress (expected completion late 2019). It will be performed for middle and high school students, accompanied by discussion…

May 24, 2019

Opioids: Policy to Practice Summit 2019

On Friday May 10, 2019, the Opioids: Policy to Practice summit was held in Ypsilanti, MI. The event, co-sponsored by the University of Michigan and Harvard University, brought together hundreds of in-person and online attendees to learn about best practices and solutions regarding opioid prescribing and prescription drug monitoring, drug overdose detection, and access to…

May 11, 2019

Thousands of Unused Medications Returned Throughout Michigan for Medication Take Back Event

On Saturday, April 27, Michigan residents in 34 counties brought opioids and other unused and expired prescription medications out to this spring’s Medication Take Back Event. The 54 simultaneous statewide events helped hundreds of families to properly dispose of a total of 3000 pounds of medication, including approximately 46,200 opioids. The event raises needed awareness…

February 1, 2019

New Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for 2019

Michigan OPEN’s Opioid Prescribing Recommendations for 2019 are now available. Visit our Prescribing Recommendations page to download as a PDF. What’s new for 2019? Recommendations for ten additional procedures, totaling 25 procedures overall Updated numbers for several previous recommendations Important to note are the revisions to previous recommendations. Michigan OPEN constantly aims to improve upon…

January 18, 2019

Michigan OPEN Awarded the 2018 Eagle Award for Visionary Leadership

Michigan OPEN was among the 2018 honorees at the Greater Detroit Area Health Council’s annual Salute to Healthcare on November 8. The ceremony recognizes individuals and organizations who are working to improve the health and well-being of the southeast Michigan community. The Michigan OPEN team was awarded the 2018 Eagle Award for Visionary Leadership. The…