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 set a new record for overdose deaths in 2018—a disturbing trend that is predicted to continue for several more years.
Opioids are commonly prescribed after both minor and major surgical procedures for pain management. Overprescribing is a widespread problem and contributes to the opioid crisis currently claiming 134 American lives every day. With up to 92% of patients having leftover opioids after common operations, millions of pills are left vulnerable to diversion into our communities. Understanding the many complex issues related to opioid overuse and overdose is extremely important in developing effective policy.
University of Michigan alumni and friends who work in and around the State Capitol are welcome to participate in the Wolverine Caucus. Our mission is to provide diverse forums at which University of Michigan friends can meet one another, enjoy fellowship, exchange views, and learn from the world-class talents of the University of Michigan.