The University of Michigan

is a leader in addressing the opioid epidemic affecting people of all races and socioeconomic sectors across the nation.


die every day from an opioid overdose


Americans abuse or are dependent on prescription opioids


prescriptions for painkillers were written in Michigan in 2015


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


News Medical Schools are Changing the Way They Teach Treatment for Pain, Opioid Addiction (Mike Englesbe) Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Vary Across the Country – But a Few Themes Stand Out (Rebecca Haffajee) Majority of Post-Op Patients Managed Pain Without...

Opioid Solutions Faculty News: May 13th – 26th

News More research needed to understand benefits, harms of cannabis for pain (Mark Ilgen) Opioid Addiction: Meeting the Need for Treatment in Michigan (Amy Bohnert, Jennifer Erb-Donward, Thomas Ivacko) Michigan counties struggle to meet need for opioid treatment (Tom...

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for April 29th – May 12th

News Stark racial, financial divides found in opioid addiction treatment (Pooja Lagisetty, Donovan Maust, Amy Bohnert, Michael Clay) Fighting the opioid epidemic with new knowledge: U-M teams up with Harvard, National Academy of Medicine (Rebecca Cunningham, Chad...

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