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Painless: The Opioid Musical

May 29, 2019

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 and education.

David Clayton, the Outreach Coordinator for Families Against Narcotics, provided a personal reflection and backdrop for a performance of songs from the musical, one of which is based on his life experiences, at the Opioids: Policy to Practice summit in May.


U-M rising senior Jacob Ryan Smith developed the musical and performed two of the songs with Emma Ashford, also a U-M rising senior, at the Opioids: Policy to Practice summit. See below for a video of the performance.


For more information about the Opioids: Policy to Practice summit, visit