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OPEN Updates: Spring 2024 Newsletter!

Mar 28, 2024

Happy Spring! We are thrilled to have you join us as we share exciting updates, valuable resources, and upcoming events. In this Spring 2024 edition, you can expect to find exclusive content and peek into what’s in store for our organization.

As we continue to grow and evolve, we are committed to keeping you informed and engaged every step of the way. Whether you’re a long-time supporter or new to our organization, we appreciate your interest and look forward to connecting with you through this newsletter. Thank you for being a part of our community.

Beth Seese
OPEN Program Director


Naloxone Vending Machines

In partnership with Michigan Medicine, we launched a naloxone vending machine in the main hospital cafeteria on February 20. This follows the Emergency Department vending machine, which launched in October of 2023. Over 1,400 boxes of naloxone have been dispensed from the two machines. […]

A photo that shows the Naloxone vending machine now available in Michigan Medicine adult emergency department.

Painless: The Opioid Musical

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 […]

OPEN + MOC: One Team

This year, the Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and the Michigan Opioid Collaborative have integrated to create the Overdose Prevention Engagement Network (OPEN). The new OPEN will focus on supporting community and healthcare organizations through the key pillars of prevention, treatment, and recovery. […]


Fentanyl Test Strips Pocket Guide

Fentanyl cannot be detected by taste, sight, smell, or touch, so Fentanyl Test Strips (FTS) are a critical tool to prevent fentanyl-related overdoses. FTS are easy to use and cheap to purchase. For more information about how to use fentanyl test strips, watch the video or download the pocket guide. [Learn More]

Take Back Event Guide

Use this guide and register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to host a successful Take Back Event. OPEN is excited to support you through guidance in planning an event; we’ve helped over 50 organizations in Michigan host their own events! [Learn More]


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.

Safe Storage

OPEN partners with Safe Rx to provide locking pill bottles for an easy and safe medication storage option. Organizations can apply for free locking prescription bottles, in either a small or large size. OPEN will purchase the products and ship them directly to the awardees. Priority is given to clinics/pharmacies/residential treatment programs that are direct dispensing medications or providing bottles to patients.

Naloxone Vending Machines

OPEN is expanding direct access to free naloxone. Explore this program and learn how to apply to receive a naloxone vending machine or distribution box for your organization.


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

Alcohol Use Disorder: Harm and Risk Reduction Strategies

April 10, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Available
CME, MCBAP, Social Work CEU

Allison Lin, MD, MS

There are numerous barriers to Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) care. This presentation will discuss key barriers including stigma, complex symptoms of addiction, and system-related barriers and approaches to help overcome barriers. This interactive discussion will include a focus on risk reduction definitions for alcohol use and use of medication and behavioral health approaches to help patients identify goals and engage in recovery.

SUD Office Hour

April 18, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Physician + Moderator:
Chris Frank, MD, PhD
Megan Collett, MSW

Bring your questions and join us in office hours! Directly talk with a physician who specializes in addiction medicine to answer your questions about Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and receive tailored support. Our team will moderate and ensure you have a productive and enriching experience; register to submit questions ahead of the event.

Take Back Event

April 27, 2024

OPEN offers educational resources, expert guidance, and TBE office hours on March 26th, April 9, and April 23 for direct connection with our coordinator. Visit the event page for upcoming deadlines, office hours schedule, and links to free resources.

Standardized SUD Screening in Acute Care

May 10, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Available
CME, MCBAP, Social Work CEU

Mark Bicket, MD, PhD

Patients with or at risk of substance use disorders come into contact with healthcare teams, who often fail to recognize those in need of help. Screening all patients for substance use disorders identifies patients in need of additional intervention, but clinicians face various challenges to make universal screening happen. Join us to learn more about OPEN’s evidence-based work in selecting a screening tool, implementing a standardized screening process, and how providers can intervene to connect patients to treatment.

Keytamine: Unlocking the Use of Ketamine in Patients That Use Non-Prescribed Substances

June 13, 2024
@ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1.0 CE Credit Available
CME, MCBAP, Social Work CEU

Nate Menke, MD, PhD

More often, ketamine is being integrated into addiction treatment. Learn more about the latest research and ways ketamine can helpful to patients that use substances.

Introduction to Treating Patients with Buprenorphine for Primary Care Providers

Available Trainings:
June 7, 2024
September 16, 2024

4.0 CME Credits

Primary Care Physicians will be offered a $250 incentive to complete MOUD training. Incentives are limited to the first 250 registered primary care physicians.


Medicaid Insurance Predicts Increased Postoperative Care Encounters Among Patients on Long-Term Opioid Therapy

Annals of Surgery, 03/14/2024

Among patients on preoperative long-term opioid therapy, unplanned care encounters were higher among patients with Medicaid when compared to private insurance. While this is likely multifactorial, differences by insurance status may point to disparities in underlying social determinants of health and suggest the need for postoperative care pathways that address these gaps.

Association Of Opioid Prescribing And Consumption With Patient-Reported Experiences And Satisfaction Following Emergency Surgery In Michigan

Annals of Surgery, 03/14/2024

Patients only consumed half of the opioids they were prescribed after undergoing emergency surgery. Additionally, patients who were given larger prescriptions consumed more opioids, but did not experience less pain, higher satisfaction, better quality of life, or less regret to undergo surgery. Overall, this suggests that opioids may be excessively prescribed to patients undergoing emergency surgical procedures, and that larger prescriptions do not improve the patient experience after surgery.

The Association of Preoperative Opioid Use with Post-Discharge Outcomes: A Cohort Study of the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative

Annals of Surgery, 03/14/2024

This study is the first to examine the effect of presurgical opioid exposure on both clinical and non-clinical outcomes in a broad cohort of patients, and shows that exposure is associated with worse postsurgical outcomes. A key question to be addressed is whether and to what extent opioid tapering before surgery mitigates these risks after surgery.

Comparison of methods to identify individuals prescribed opioid analgesics for pain

Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, 1/25/2024

This analysis found that identifying opioid prescriptions using methods from CDC and OPEN were similar and superior to prespecified database-specific categories. Overall, this study shows the importance of carefully selecting the approach to identify opioid prescriptions when investigating claims data.


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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2800 Plymouth Road,
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
Building 16
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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