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Newsletter Summer 2024: News, Resources, Events and More!

Jun 18, 2024

Happy summer 2024! We are thrilled to have you join us as we share exciting updates, valuable resources, and upcoming events.

Clinicians, do you ever wish you could ‘phone a friend’ for advice when dealing with challenging situations related to substance use? OPEN offers FREE same day clinician-to-clinician consultation services. As one of the on-call addiction medicine physicians, I enjoy engaging with clinicians on challenging cases and sharing tips and evidence-based best practices!

It is simple to submit a consultation using our online form and an addiction-medicine expert from our team will contact you the same day. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Chris Frank, MD, Ph.D
OPEN Addiction Medicine Consultant


OPEN programs to run on biannual cycles, starting July 1st, 2024.

Thank you for such a positive response to OPEN’s community programming! We hear you on the need for programs like this. In order to better meet demand and practice OPEN’s value of health equity, we’re updating a few of our programs to run on an award cycle. Applications for naloxone vending machines and distribution boxes, safe storage products, and permanent disposal boxes will now be reviewed biannually. Apply July 1st through December 31st, 2024 to be considered for OPEN’s Spring 2025 program awardees. Notifications of award will be communicated in March 2025. Join us to make a difference in your community.

NEW Initiative framework launched on OPEN’s website.

OPEN is proud to announce the launch of new initiative pages on our website, designed to display our diverse range of work through a user-friendly and easily navigable format. These pages will shine a spotlight on our valuable resources, programs, and the evidence-based results of our initiatives. Check out the new pages today.

Harm Reduction
Pain Management
Youth Engagement
Substance Use Disorder

Take A.C.T.I.O.N. Naloxone Training Travels to Community High School for First All-Teen Training

On Wednesday, April 10th, Dr. Gina Dahlem, Clinical Associate Professor at University of Michigan School of Nursing, brought the Take A.C.T.I.O.N. Naloxone In-Person Training to Community High School, where a group of students grades 9-12 gathered together to learn about the importance of carrying naloxone. […]

OPEN, Safe Rx Partner to Provide Locking Pill Vials to Community Organizations

Throughout 2023, OPEN began distributing Safe Rx Locking Pill Vials (LPVs) to conference attendees as a way to promote safe storage of medications. It became clear very quickly that there was a need, and demand, from community members and organizations alike for resources like this. To get LPVs into the hands of more people, OPEN […]

OPEN Team Attends 2024 Rx Summit

This past April, team members visited Atlanta, Georgia for the 2024 Rx and Illicit Drug Summit. The Rx Summit is the largest national collaboration for professionals from local, state, and federal organizations to gather and discuss the impact of the drug epidemic. Attendees can collaborate and learn in multiple ways, including visiting exhibitor booths, viewing […]


Kratom Educational Guide

This new Kratom educational guide will help clinicians learn about what Kratom is, why and how it is used, and offers clinical management tips.

Educational Webinars YouTube Playlist

Missed a webinar or want to go back and rewatch one? Visit our YouTube playlist to find our past webinars. Over 40 videos recently added!

Youth Action Planning for Healing After Surgery Worksheet

This worksheet was created to help youth prepare for and manage pain after surgery.


OPEN’s support services include a wide variety of free programs. Explore our full program portfolio for free offerings from co-branded educational materials to naloxone vending machines.

Same-Day Consultation Service

Our experts in addiction medicine provide prescribing guidance for Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) and acute care pain management for patients with a SUD. We also support technical assistance for MOUD treatment implementation within practices.

Printed Pediatric Materials for Pain Management

OPEN offers free printed materials shipped directly to your organization for pediatric best practices in pain management. These materials can help patients, families and providers make a plan for pain before the child’s surgery and manage acute pain following their operation.

Educational Material Co-Branding

OPEN partners with organizations to share materials and patient education information. We will add your organization’s logo alongside ours to co-brand materials, free of charge. Materials will be sent as a PDF through a DropBox link and be ready for printing.


Access FREE CME, MCBAP and Social Work CE credits. For prescribers, all webinar credits qualify for the DEA required SUD training.

Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) – Bridging from ED to Outpatient

August 21, 2024
@ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Pending
CME, Social Work and MCBAP CE

Aaron Dora-Laskey, MD, MS

Many patients present to the emergency department for addiction treatment and begin a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD). Ensuring patients have a care pathway for continued support after leaving the acute care setting is key to their success but can be challenging. Join us to learn real-word implementation strategies to adopt in your practice.

SUD Management in Prenatal Care

September 4, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Pending
CME, Social Work and MCBAP CE

Alex Peahl, MD, MSc

Substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy are common and linked with multiple obstetric and neonatal adverse outcomes. Ideally, all pregnant patients should be screened, and those with positive screens should be promptly diagnosed and treated to avoid the morbidity and mortality associated with continued substance use during pregnancy. Join us to learn more about evidence-based strategies for identifying and managing patients with substance use during pregnancy.

Introduction to Treating Patients with Buprenorphine for Primary Care Providers

September 16, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

4.0 CME Credits Available

BCBSM will provide a $250 incentive to Primary Care Providers (Physicians and Advanced Practice Professionals) who attend this MOUD training. The incentive will be limited to the first 250 registered primary care providers, so please register early to ensure a spot.

Enhancing Engagement in OUD Care for Disadvantaged Populations

September 25, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Pending
CME, Social Work and MCBAP CE

Liza Hutchinson, MD

It is well known that the opioid crisis affects all parts of society. However, certain communities experience notable disparities in morbidity and mortality from Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). This presentation will review the data around disparities in OUD outcomes and treatment among disadvantaged groups and discuss clinical approaches and models of care to address these inequities.

Voices of Resilience: Personal Stories Breaking the Stigma of Substance Use Disorder

October 9, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

1.5 CE Credits Pending
CME, Social Work and MCBAP CE

Pooja Lagisetty, MD, M.Sc.

Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is one of the most stigmatized health conditions in the world. Research indicates that stigma is persistent, pervasive, and rooted in the belief that addiction is a personal choice reflecting a lack of willpower and a moral failing. Stigma contributes to barriers in accessing treatment. People may fear being labeled or judged if they seek help, leading to delays in getting the care they need. Healthcare providers’ attitudes and behaviors toward Substance Use Disorder (SUD) can significantly impact patient outcomes and the overall approach to addressing addiction within healthcare systems.

During this webinar and interactive discussion, learn more about concrete strategies on how to break down internal biases that we hold. Additionally, we will hear from two Shatterproof Ambassadors who will share their personal stories on their journey to recovery and how stigma deeply impacted their lives and success.


Worth the Risk? Standardized Screening to Identify Substance Use Among Patients Prior to Surgery

Annals of surgery, 05/29/24

Standardized TAPS screening detected preoperative unhealthy substance use more frequently than routine clinician documentation, emphasizing the need for integrating standardized measures into surgical practice to ensure safer perioperative care and outcomes.


About OPEN

The Overdose Prevention Engagement Network (OPEN) is a diverse team dedicated to improving lives and reducing harms of substance use. By engaging with individuals, communities, and organizations, we share education and resources to strengthen person-centered prevention, treatment, and recovery.

Explore our full program portfolio for free offerings from co-branded educational materials to naloxone vending machines.

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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