October 26, 2016

U-M launches effort to prevent surgery-related opioid addiction across Michigan

$1.4M/year state grant creates network to link doctors & hospitals around the state for safer prescribing and drug take-back events

America’s opioid drug epidemic has struck hard in Michigan. But now, a team from the University of Michigan is striking back at a key factor: opioid prescriptions for patients before and after surgery.

With a new $1.4 million per year, five-year grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and equal funding from U-M, the team today launches an initiative to help medical teams across the state care for surgical patients’ pain -- without setting those patients up for new chronic opioid use, misuse and addiction.

Named the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, or Michigan-OPEN, the effort aims to cut in half both the amount of opioids prescribed to Michigan surgical patients, and the number of patients who still use opioids many months after surgery.

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