The University of Michigan is a leader in addressing the opioid epidemic, which is the single deadliest drug epidemic in United States history, affecting people of all races and socioeconomic sectors across the nation.


die every day from an opioid overdose


prescriptions for painkillers were written in Michigan in 2015


Americans abuse or are dependent on prescription opioids

$ billion

Estimated annual cost to the U.S. economy caused by opioid overdoses

Projects & Research

Learn more about U-M research and education programs, as well as ways we are reaching communities and informing policy to prevent opioid misuse and overdose.

Centers & Institutes

Learn more about the innovative U-M centers and institutes working on the opioid epidemic with local, state and national partners.


Learn more about published research on opioids from our expert researchers.

The Michigan Difference

U-M draws on its interdisciplinary expertise to explore solutions to the opioid epidemic. Browse education and research projects, researchers, centers and publications to see the infrastructure and scope of work that allows U-M to facilitate collaborations with local, state and national partners.


Learn about the researchers focused on understanding opioids, as well as how to reduce and prevent misuse and overdose. Search by keyword or topics to find potential collaborators.

News & Events

Fall 2018 Take Back Event –Saturday, Oct. 27th, 10AM-2PM

Together with the Ann Arbor Police, the Division of Pain Research, Department of Anesthesiology is hosting their 8th Pain Medication Take Back Event Saturday, October 27th from 10-2PM at the St. Francis Catholic School Parking Lot. There are also six other events in...

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for October 1st – 14th

State's first opioid 'health home' program to launch in Northern Michigan Michigan opioid overdose deaths hit new record Hot Training Topic: New CDC Courses Available on Opioids Managing Pain --Moving Beyond Opioids SAMHSA head argues against fentanyl test strips New...

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