The Prescription Opioid Epidemic in Michigan: Evidence, Expertise, and Recommendations for Action

Summary

The focus is translation of evidence into policies and programs that can reduce the opioid overdose and addition problem through state and local action. The group will disseminate an updated version of The Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-based Approach and four state-specific reports (data and policy/program status) and share state-specific documents with key policymakers and other stakeholders in the four states.

The U-M Injury Prevention Center’s policy recommendations for curtailing the current opioid epidemic were developed as part of the thematic opioid project, a collaboration between the U-M Injury Prevention Center and three other CDC-funded centers - - including, the John’s Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Center, and the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center, - - these recommendations focused on policy oriented solutions applicable to addressing the opioid epidemic in Michigan. This policy white paper, which was developed by Dr. Patrick Carter and the U-M Injury Prevention Center’s Policy Workgroup, can be found here: http://www.injurycenter.umich.edu/sites/default/files/documents/opioid_thematic_network_pdo_final.pdf (copy and paste link).

Status: Completed
Funding: CDC via Safe States
Faculty Engagement: Rebecca Cunningham, MD