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 Nov. 26th – Dec. 9th

News Inaugural U-M Opioid Solutions faculty networking event a success! Announcement: The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center will facilitate the Regional Peer Learning Team on the topic of Opioids The Regional Peer Learning Team on Opioids (RPLT) aims to:...

U-M Opioid Solutions Networking Event: 11/30/18

Thank you to all that attended the inaugural Opioid Solutions networking event on November 30, 2018! 46 researchers from across the University of Michigan campus came together to discuss their current research, challenges they may be facing, resources they may need to...

Opioid Solutions Faculty News for Nov. 12th-Nov. 25th

News Medicare finalizes higher payment for non-opioid painkillers The Trump Administration’s Actions to Address the Opioid Public Health Crisis Accepting Chronic Pain: Strategies Offer Alternative to Opioids (Anna Kratz) High rates of prescription opioid,...

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