Addiction News & Events


April 8th, 2019 @ 7pm: Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics Family Forum:The Neuroscience of Addiction, Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D.

April 30, 2019 @ 7pm: Andy Irons: Kissed by God


January 10, 2019: M Health Lab

More Than Half of People Taking Cannabis for Chronic Pain Report Driving While High

New study finds worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles.


January 7, 2019: Institute For Healthcare Policy & Innovation

Opioids Fueled a Doubling of Suicides and Overdoses in the U.S.

Turning the tide demands improvements to pain care, mental health care and medication-assisted opioid addiction care, researchers say.


January 2, 2019: Chicago Tribune

More evidence that abuse of Xanax, Valium is on the rise

Dr. Maust discusses how young adults are most likely to misuse benzos, which are typically prescribed to treat conditions like anxiety and depression.


November 2, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Cannabis On The Ballot: What Researchers Think You Should Know

Dr. Meghan Martz offered a commentary on recreational and medical marijuana, the state of knowledge about the drug and its derivatives.


October 19, 2018: U-M Precision Health Investigator Award

Precision Prevention of New Persistent Opioid Use Following Surgery: A machine learning-based treatment approach

Dr. Anne Fernandez was announced as a 2018 U-M Precision Health Investigator Award winner!


October 8, 2018: Michigan Health Blog

How to Address a Drinking Problem

Dr. Allison Lin was featured in a blog on how to determine of a person's alcohol consumption is unhealthy, and why having the conversation is crucial.


October, 2018: Published Book

Sign-Tracking and Drug Addiction

How does drug addiction happen? Dr. Jonathan Morrow published a book on the study of sign-tracking and the drug addiction process.


September 12, 2018: Michigan Health Blog

Why It's So Difficult to Recover from Substance Use Disorders

Impacted by genetics and life experience, addiction can vary by individual. Learn about the biology and treatment options that can help.


September 10, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine

Pain, Opioids, and Suicide Mortality in the United States

Dr. Mark Ilgen discusses the findings from the recent study by Petrosky and colleagues that show an increase in suicides among persons with chronic pain, and is a potentially lethal consequence of suffering in patients with pain.


September 10, 2018: CBS, Los Angeles

Study suggests pain could be risk factor for suicide

Dr. Mark Igen discusses the relationship between chronic pain, opioids, and suicide and the importance suicide risk assessment for suicide prevention.


September 6, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines

Addiction Center Helps Individuals Get on the Road to Recovery

“Substance abuse and addiction is a disease, not a moral failing,” said Fred Blow, Ph.D., director of the Addiction Center at Michigan Medicine. “And there is no shame in an individual seeking treatment for such a disease, just as they would any other health condition.”


July 20, 2018: New Grant Awarded to University of Michigan Addiction Center Faculty, Dr. Erin Bonar

Dr. Erin Bonar was awarded a new grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) titled: Harnessing social media to reduce cannabis use among adolescents and emerging adults in an urban emergency department. The funding period is through June 2021.


July 13, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Signs and Symptoms of Addiction in Medical Professionals

Licensed medical professionals face just as much risk of a substance use disorder as the general population, and they have a higher likelihood of opioid misuse, says Dr. Edward Jouney.


July 4th, 2018: The University of Michigan Addiction Center was the featured charity for the Firecracker 5k

The Firecracker 5k was a huge success with over 1,100 participants! A special thank you to Epic Races for supporting the University of Michigan Addiction Center.


June 26, 2018: Michigan Health

How to Spot Signs of Opioid Addiction

Dr. Jonathan Morrow discussed the use of an 11-point checklist to help determine if a person’s opioid use signals a deeper problem. 


June 19, 2018: NIH News Release

Methadone and buprenorphine reduce risk of death after opioid overdose

NIH research confirms effective treatments for opioid use disorder are underutilized.


June 8, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

Michigan’s New Opioid Rules, Explained

As the opioid epidemic worsens, government is introducing new legislation that has many upset. Learn from an expert in pain medication what it really means for health care providers.


May 18, 2018: Michigan Health

Do You Have a Drinking Problem? 11 Warning Signs to Know

 Doctors consider multiple factors when gauging a patient’s alcohol issues and advising proper treatment. Dr. Anne Fernandez explains the approach.


May 16, 2018: Bridge MI

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

A new Bridge MI article references Dr. Amy Bohnert’s work on the Michigan Opioid Collaborative initiative.


May 11, 2018: Health Affairs

Meeting The Opioid Challenge: Getting Naloxone to Those Who Need it Most

Dr. Amy Bohnert and collaborators authored a piece for this Health Affairs blog.


May 4, 2018: Michigan Health

Chronic Pain Therapy Group Eases Coping, Conversation

A new Michigan Medicine program aims to teach patients about alternate and effective ways to deal with discomfort, and to find strength in each other.


May 4, 2018: The University Record

More funding needed in opioid battle, researcher says

More funding is needed to address the opioid epidemic that is projected to cost the United States economy $200 billion by 2020, U-M researcher Rebecca Haffajee says. An article she co-authored suggests hundreds of millions of federal dollars are needed in specific programs to help save lives and mitigate other immediate harms.


May 1, 2018: ASAM Weekly

When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?

Dr. Meghan Martz and colleagues examined functional MRI and performance testing data in 57 participants of the Michigan Longitudinal Study to better understand why some young adults in families with addiction are less prone to subsequent substance misuse. The participants with more resilience showed heightened activation in the prefrontal cortex but no difference in the processing of rewards.


April 24, 2018: Michigan Health Lab

When Raised Among Drug and Alcohol Abuse, What Makes Some Teens ‘Resilient’?

Kids with a family history of substance use are likely to mimic those behaviors. Dr. Martz and colleagues studied their brain activity to see why certain youths do not.


April 18, 2018: The University Record

Opioid Solutions promotes collaborative approach to epidemic:

The new Opioid Solutions community, a resource developed by the U-M's Office of Research, Injury Prevention Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, serves as a central hub for U-M research, educational activities and community outreach related to opioids.


April 13, 2018: The University Record

Group offers free screening tools for Alcohol Awareness Month

A2C3 is urging members of the community to consider the role that alcohol plays in their lives by hosting a series of alcohol screening events on and off campus as part of Alcohol Awareness Month.


April 11, 2018: Inside Higher Ed

Confronting the Opioid Crisis

Nursing colleges add curricula to deal with a growing public health problem.


April 6, 2018: Michigan Medicine Headlines

Department of Psychiatry Offers Addiction Treatment, Recovery Resources For Health Professionals

U-M Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS) offers a specialized program designed for health care workers battling addiction or other mental health problems.


March 13, 2018: Bridge

Michigan falls short in frontline treatment for opioid crisis

Michigan has more people dying of opioid overdoses than physicians trained to prescribe a drug that may save their lives.


February 16, 2018 : Book

Alcohol Use Disorders: A Developmental Science Approach to Etiology

Edited by Hiram E. Fitzgerald and Leon I. Puttler

2018: Oxford University Press

This book, a product of contributions presented during the April 2015 Festschrift celebration of Dr. Robert Zucker’s substance abuse research career, focuses on developmental issues relating to the etiology and progression of alcohol use disorders from infancy to early adulthood.  The speakers, along with 40 other nationally known researchers contributed chapters on their work and its interface with Dr. Zucker’s contributions.  Among the authors were Department of Psychiatry faculty: Drs. Cranford, Heitzeg, and Hicks, and a number of other UM and affiliated faculty: Drs. Buu, Puttler, Schulenberg, Trucco, and Wong.


January 31, 2018: The Today Show

The ABCD Study Featured on the Today Show

The ABCD Study was featured on the Today Show in a wonderful segment where Dr. Susan Bookheimer was interviewed by NBC special correspondent Maria Shriver.


December 20, 2017: Michigan Health

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: What’s Available, What Works

One expert recommends that everyone battling opioid use disorder keep Narcan at home for emergencies — and seek information about available addiction therapies.


December 14, 2017: NIH News Release

Vaping popular among teens; opioid misuse at historic lows

NIH’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey shows both vaping and marijuana are more popular than traditional cigarettes or pain reliever misuse.


December 6, 2017: M Health Lab

These Surgeons Cut Opioid Prescriptions Dramatically, With No Increase in Pain

Guidelines developed from gallbladder patient data and interviews form the basis of a new effort to right-size opioid prescribing for many operations.


December 4, 2017

Campaign Seeks To Fight The Stigma Of Addiction Through Community Conversations

A series of community discussions and an interactive website featuring the stories of the opioid crisis will launch in Pennsylvania next year as part of a campaign to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction.


December 1, 2017: Book

Physician Mental Health and Well-Being: Research and Practice

Drs. Kirk Brower and Michelle Riba’s book titled, “Physician mental health and well-being: research and practice” received a very positive review, which appeared in the December 2017 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry.


November 22, 2017

On November 28, The Addiction Center is participating in Giving Blueday

Learn more about what the U-M Addiction Center is doing to treat addiction and how you can help make an even bigger impact Giving Blueday. 


November 3, 2017

Addressing and Preventing Adolescent Substance Use: 2017 Connection Session

The Adolescent Health Initiative is offering a free training session on addressing and preventing adolescent substance use, on November 3rd, 2017 at Washtenaw Community College. 


October 24, 2017: IHPI

Violence, addiction, suicide & beyond: Mark Ilgen helps Capitol Hill audience understand current knowledge

Amid a national crisis of substance use and overdose, and rising suicide rates, the national Injury and Violence Prevention Network sponsored a briefing for members of Congress and their staff on the intersections between these issues on Oct. 24.  Addiction Center faculty, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D., who has studied these issues, spoke about the current state of knowledge and called for further research. 


October 18, 2017: M Health Lab

How Primary Care Doctors Can Help Patients Beat Opioid Addiction

General physicians can deliver medication-assisted treatment with help from team members they probably already have in their clinics, a new analysis concludes.


October 12, 2017: IHPI

IHPI Research Seminar Series "The Opioid Epidemic in Washtenaw County - Addiction, Overdose and Paradox"

Adreanne Waller, M.P.H. Epidemiologist, Washtenaw County Public Health will speak on October 12th from 4-5pm at North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) Building 10, Research Auditorium


August 9, 2017

Golfo Tzilos, Ph.D. recognized at APA with early career award

Golfo Tzilos, Ph.D., was recognized in Washington D.C., at the American Psychology Association Convention this month, for her work identifying “Psychosocial Correlates of Marijuana Use Among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Adolescent Girls."


August 8, 2017

Dr. Erin Bonar has been appointed as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health, School of Nursing

Dr. Erin bonar has been appointed as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing. Dr. Bonar will work closely with Dr. José Bauermeister's research team in the Program for Sexuality, Technology & Action Research and bring her expertise in Motivational Interviewing to his team and the department.


August 3, 2017: M Health Lab

New CDC Funding for U-M Injury Center Probes Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic and Injuries Nationally

Injuries are a leading cause of death — and completely preventable. To bolster research in this area, the U-M Injury Center just received new federal funding.


August 2, 2017

Symposium: Opioids and Stimulants: Use and Abuse

This symposium will feature experts in the neurobiology and pharmacology of opioid and cocaine actions in both human and animal models, as well as in the detection and forensics of these drugs in our communities.


July 21, 2017: M Health, Wellness and Prevention

'True Blood' Actor’s Death Spotlights Danger of Alcohol Withdrawal

Cutting out alcohol without medical guidance can be dangerous for chronic drinkers, as shown by the death of Nelsan Ellis. Learn more about safe withdrawal methods.


July 20, 2017

Dr. Bob Zucker Awarded NACoA’s 2017 Margaret Cork Award

In June, the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA) presented Robert Zucker, Ph.D., with the 2017 Margaret Cork Award, the organization’s oldest award.


July 19, 2017: M Health Lab

Prescription Tracking Tackles Misuse of Opioids and Other Drugs — But Results Vary

Prescription drug monitoring programs could help fight a national epidemic and boost the effort to get people treatment, research shows. But states differ widely in implementation.


June 27, 2017: Michigan News

More than half of all opioid prescriptions go to people with mental illness

"Despite representing only 16 percent of the adult population, adults with mental health disorders receive more than half of all opioid prescriptions distributed each year in the United States," said Matthew Davis, lead author of the study and assistant professor at the U-M School of Nursing.


June 12, 2017: M Health Lab

Risky Bingeing: Women in Appalachian Ohio Report Higher Rates of Alcohol Misuse

How much alcohol women drink may depend on where they live. A new study finds one-fifth of women in Appalachian Ohio imbibe at alarming levels.


May 19, 2017: M Health Blog

Science Says: Addiction Is a Chronic Disease, Not a Moral Failing

Understanding the brain’s role in addiction can help break the stigma surrounding the illness — and encourage individuals to seek help.


May 15, 2017: Michigan Medicine

Spring cleaning that can save lives: May 20 drug takeback events in five Michigan cities

Free, no-questions-asked chance to get opioids and other unneeded medicines out of the house, organized by U-M opioid-reduction project. 


May 1, 2017: School of Nursing

American Nurses Association Endorses Position Statement on Substance Use Among Nurses and Nursing Students, Authored by UMSN Professor

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has endorsed a joint position statement from the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) that encourages a focus on prevention, treatment and recovery for nurses and nursing students with substance use and related disorders, as opposed to punishment.


March 13, 2017: M Health Lab

Why One Pain Specialist Hasn’t Prescribed an Opioid in 10 Years

Opioids don’t work for most people with chronic pain. A pain expert explains why doctors should consider other options for their patients.


March 10, 2017: M Health Lab

Drug Use Drops After ER Visits Used as ‘Teachable Moments’

In a randomized controlled trial, a brief talk with a counselor helped ER patients reduce drug misuse, and a “virtual therapist” on a tablet also showed promise.


March 7, 2017: M Health Blog

Uncover New Insights into Childhood Brain Developments

U-M is recruiting parents and children for a unique opportunity: paid participation in a national study of healthy brain development.


March 6, 2017: The Boston Globe

$25m Gift to Help Launch Opioid Treatment Center

The Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine will open at Boston Medical Center. In disclosing their gift of $25m to fund the center, John Grayken and his wife, Eilene said they usually do charitable giving anonymously, but are going public to destigmatize addiction and encourage others to follow their lead.


February 14, 2017: M Health Lab

Use of Risky Brain-Affecting Drug Combinations Rising Among Seniors

Opioids, tranquilizers, antidepressants and antipsychotics affect the central nervous system, and combining them can put older people at risk. But new data show concerning prescribing trends.


January 27, 2017: UM School of Nursing

Clinical Associate Professor Stephen Strobbe has been selected for a Fulbright Flex U.S. Scholar grant

Screening adolescents for substance use will be the focus of the award through collaboration with the University of São Paulo (USP) at Ribeirão Preto College of Nursing in Brazil.


January 23, 2017: NPR

Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

As the drug use reaches into more communities across the country, researchers are scrambling to both diagnose what causes some people and some regions to be more susceptible to opioid abuse, and to devise solutions.


January 17, 2017: Healio / O7P News

VA program reduced prescriptions of 'risky' opioid dosages for veterans

A new digital tracking system was behind the decrease — suggesting a potential partial solution that other health systems could adopt to fight the opioid epidemic.


January 13, 2017: M Health Lab

Fewer Veterans Got Risky Opioid Prescriptions Thanks to National VA Effort

The Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI), established by the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in 2013, created a dashboard tool that used a national computerized medical record and allowed clinicians at 141 VA hospitals to review opioid prescribing and receive feedback.


January 10, 2017: Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation

National VA effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans

Reductions in highest doses through computer “dashboard” and prioritizing painkiller safety suggests other large health systems could do the same.


December 12, 2016: M Health Lab

Study: Rural Communities See Steep Increase in Babies Born with Opioid Withdrawal

The rate of babies exposed to opioids in utero is increasing dramatically in rural America, a U-M study finds.


December 6, 2016: The Huffington Post

Sorry, Weed Probably Won’t Help You Sleep

Dr. Deirdre Conroy was interviewed for a Huffington Post article on marijuana and sleep.


November 21, 2016: NPR On Point

How To Spot — And Treat — Addiction In Your Family

Dr. Erin Bonar participated in an interview on NPR related to the Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.


November 18, 2016: MEDPAGETODAY

What the Surgeon General's Addiction Report Really Means

Drs. Amy Bohnert and Allison Lin provided video commentary on the landmark report.


November 16, 2016: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Surgeon general: 1 in 7 in U.S. will face substance addiction.


October 21, 2016: M Health Lab

Can Opioid Overdose Prevention Take a Lesson from Stroke Prevention?

The same approach that helps patients manage powerful blood thinners could help expand access to medication-based addiction treatment.


October 17, 2016: BU today

Does Weed Help You Sleep? Probably Not

Daily marijuana users reported more sleep disturbance than those who do not use marijuana daily or at all in a study led by SPH’s Michael Stein in collaboration with Drs. Deirdre Conroy and Kirk Brower and Boston University.


September 2016, Volume 8, Issue 3: NIAAA Spectrum

Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources

Robert A. Zucker, Ph.D., authored an article for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) Spectrum Webzine titled "Growing Up in a Family With Alcohol Problems: Current Research and Resources"


September 2016: Sports Science Institute

Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture

Dr. Erin Bonar and Holly Rider-Milkovich, head of U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center, contributed to the NCAA Sport Science Institute’s publication, “Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture”, which is a new resource for athletics administrators to use in their efforts to create campus communities free of sexual violence and safe places for students to learn and thrive


September 14, 2016: CBS Detroit

U-M Researchers Looking To Recruit Tweens For Decade-Long Study

What in the world were they thinking? A new research project at the University of Michigan is looking for just that answer.


September 13, 2016: Popular Science

ABCD Study Announcement in Popular Science

The NIH will track brains of 10,000 kids as they grow up. The massive brain development study will span a decade.


September 13, 2016: UM Health System News

The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study Launches Today

Hundreds of Southeast Michigan tweens needed to help U-M scientists explore the developing brain.


August 19, 2016: M Health Lab

Dr. Donovan Maust was featured in a blog: Despite Lack of Evidence, 10 States Allow Medical Marijuana for Alzheimer’s

Dr. Maust said, "There is limited evidence for any of the indications that states give medical marijuana certifications for, and almost none when it comes to agitation due to Alzheimer’s or other causes of dementia."


August 17, 2016: Michigan Today

Treating pain without feeding addiction

People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk. A new study shows the potential to treat pain without the use of potentially addictive pain medication.


August 9, 2016: UM Department of Psychiatry

Appointments for the leadership of the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services (UMATS)

Effective August 1, 2016 through July 31, 2017, Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. is appointed Interim Director of UMATS. Erin Bonar, Ph.D. is appointed Director of Clinical Programs for UMATS


August 5, 2016: Michigan Institute for Data Science

UM student group wins second place in NIDA app challenge

A group of U-M students have won second place in the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “Addiction Research: There’s an App for That” challenge. The project was called “Substance Abuse Research Assistant (SARA).


July 29, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Agitation in Alzheimer Disease as a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana in the United States

Currently, few applicants for medical marijuana list dementia as the reason for seeking certification. However, given increasingly open attitudes toward recreational and medical marijuana use, providers should be aware that dementia is a potential indication for licensing, despite lack of evidence for its efficacy.


July 27, 2016: UMHS News

Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

A New Approach could help confront nation’s opioid addiction


July 27, 2016: M Health Lab

The ImPAT Approach: Treating Pain Without Opioids

How can doctors offer relief to recovering addicts without using painkillers? A new study suggests that a hybrid of two psychosocial approaches could offer an alternative.


July 27, 2016: Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation News

Treating pain without feeding addiction: Study shows promise of non-drug pain management

It’s a Catch-22 with potentially deadly consequences: People trying to overcome addiction can’t get treatment for their pain, because the most powerful pain medicines also carry an addiction risk.


July 17, 2016: The Detroit News

Study: Marijuana affects brain’s reward center

A new study put out by University of Michigan researchers suggests that over time, marijuana use dampens the response of the area of the brain that responds to rewards.


July 8, 2016: M Health Lab

What Will It Take to Overcome the Opioid Epidemic?

Deaths from prescription and illicit opioid drugs have quadrupled since 1999. Dr. Amy Bohnert explains the must-do’s to stop these deaths and curb addiction nationwide.


July 6, 2016: M Health Lab

Over Time, Marijuana Use Dampens Brain’s Response to Reward

A long-term study of young marijuana users shows measurable changes in the brain’s reward system, shifts that may put them at risk for addiction.


July 6, 2016: Michigan News

Marijuana use dampens brain's response to reward over time

ANN ARBOR—Most people would get a little 'rush' out of the idea that they're about to win some money. In fact, if you could look into their brain at that very moment, you'd see lots of activity in the part of the brain that responds to rewards.


June 23, 2016: M Health Lab

Why U.S. Doctors Love Opioids and Hate Marijuana for Chronic Pain

The opioid epidemic is well documented, yet physicians still are wary about whether cannabinoids are better options for chronic pain. Neither is a perfect solution.