Painless: The Opioid Musical

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Painless: The Opioid Musical is a project that is being developed by Michigan OPEN and the University of Michigan’s Precision Health and School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Michigan OPEN is also working with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to add Painless to MDHHS’s Michigan Model for Health™ curriculum.

Beginning in the spring of 2020, Painless will be performed at high schools across Michigan to engage youth and educate them about opioid use disorder. To learn more about Painless‘s mission and goals, please read our flyer here.

We envision a future for Painless that includes:

Hosting workshops for high school theater departments that will equip these schools with the necessary tools to perform Painless locally as well as educate the cast and student body about the opioid epidemic.

Widening our reach through the expansion of our team, which will permit us to dedicate the essential time and resources to ensure the growth of Painless.

Creating a cast album that will appeal to a wide variety of audiences, allowing Painless to educate people about opioid use disorder on a broad, accessible scale.

Below is a performance by U-M students Jacob Ryan Smith and Emma Ashford of two songs from Painless. This performance is from the summit “Opioids: Policy to Practice” that took place on May 10, 2019 in Ypsilanti, Mich.