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April 9, 2018

Michigan OPEN Co-Directors on panel at National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit with BCBSM and MDHHS

Michigan OPEN co-directors, Jenn Waljee MD and Chad Brummett MD, alongside Chris Priest (Medicaid Director for the Department of Health and Human Services), and Tom Leyden (Director II, Value Partnerships Program at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan) were featured presenters at the National Prescription Drug and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, Georgia last week. This…

March 9, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Waljee featured as one of four doctors in Healthline interview

Jennifer Waljee, one of Michigan OPEN’s co-directors, was featured as one of four doctors who gave their insight on how to reduce opioid prescriptions in a healthline interview this March. She provided her ideas for how surgeons can reduce the amount of opioids are prescribed after surgery, by highlighting some of Michigan OPEN’s research. “I…

December 12, 2017

Prescription Opioid Use a Concern for Adolescent Surgery Patients

Nearly 5 percent of patients ages 13 to 21 who had common surgical procedures continued to receive opioid prescription refills three to six months after surgery, according to new data presented by Michigan OPEN research fellow Calista Harbaugh at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition and published in Pediatrics. This is the…

December 12, 2017

Cutting Postoperative Opioid Prescriptions Dramatically, With No Increase in Pain

A new study, published in JAMA Surgery, reveals an interesting breakthrough from the Michigan OPEN team at the University of Michigan, in efforts to stop the national crisis of opioid addiction. The study found that reducing opioid prescribing by nearly sixty-six percent did not affect the patient’s level of postoperative pain control, which would mean…

November 15, 2017

Dr. Brummett Awarded the 2017 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award

Michigan OPEN Co-Director, Dr. Chad Brummett, was presented with the 2017 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists on October 23rd. The award was in recognition of his outstanding career as a leading academic physician anesthesiologist, whose research in pain medicine has significantly contributed to the field of anesthesiology. Congratulations, Dr. Brummett!

November 8, 2017

For 1 in 10 Cancer Patients, Surgery Means Opioid Dependence

More than 10 percent of people who had never taken opioids prior to curative-intent surgery for cancer continued to take the drugs three to six months later, according to a new Michigan OPEN study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The risk is even greater for those who are treated with chemotherapy after surgery….

October 27, 2017

Statewide Drug Take Back Event Nets 900 Pounds of Opioids & More

Michiganders from eight communities had a chance to drop unneeded medications off for free on September 30, as part of the largest drug take-back event ever spearheaded by the Michigan-OPEN initiative based at IHPI. The event, which included partners from healthcare and law enforcement in Ann Arbor, Commerce, Escanaba, Jackson, Livonia, Pontiac, Saginaw, and Traverse…

October 15, 2017

Dr. Brummett Speaks at U-M Wolverine Caucus

It was a standing-room-only crowd on September 26 when a trio of University of Michigan (U-M) researchers who study the nation’s opioid crisis from many angles spoke in Lansing at a Wolverine Caucus event organized by U-M’s Lansing Service Center. The audience of health providers, policymakers and health plan leaders in the room came to hear…

October 6, 2017

Michigan OPEN in collaboration with MSQC develops opioid prescribing recommendations

The Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network (Michigan-OPEN) teamed up with the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) to develop a new evidence-based guide to assist providers in prescribing opioids after surgery. The guide, now available online for free, gives postoperative prescribing recommendations for 11 common procedures including: hysterectomies, laparoscopic appendectomies, and more. But, the groups are…