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

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for August 2018

Opioid laws hit physicians, patients in unintended ways “Older Adults’ Experiences with Opioid Prescriptions” (Jennifer Waljee, Calista Harbaugh) “Opioids and older adults: Poll finds support for prescribing limits, and need for better counseling and disposal options”...

Older Adults’ Experiences with Opioid Prescriptions

More than 100 million adults in the United States live with daily pain. Health conditions that result in pain, such as arthritis or cancer, are more common with age. Older adults are also more likely to undergo procedures that result in acute pain, such as joint...

Partnerships to Advance Tribal Health (PATH)

HHS invites you to participate in the Partnerships to Advance Tribal Health (PATH): A National Town Hall on Combatting Opioids and Substance Abuse on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. eastern time, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building - Great Hall in Washington,...

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