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

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for Feb. 4th – 17th

News Addressing Prescription Drug Addiction in Older Adults (Lauren Gerlach) Benzodiazepines Improperly Prescribed; Raises Concern in Midst of Opioid Crisis (Donovan Maust) Optimism may protect against chronic pain in soldiers (Afton Hassett) After Opioids,...

U-M Wolverine Caucus: Removing Opioid Risks From Our Communities

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Michigan Senate Binsfeld Office Building, 5th Floor A panel discussion on implementing evidence-based policies to improve opioid prescribing and disposal. The opioid epidemic continues to be a national emergency. Michigan...

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for Jan. 21st – Feb. 3rd

News Michigan OPEN releases additional opioid prescribing recommendations for surgery    An Evidence-Based Road Map to Navigating the Opioid Epidemic 'It should be everywhere': Should more people carry the drug that can save opioid addicts? Balancing the Risks and...

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