Opioid Preventative Strategy
Michigan OPEN was founded to develop a preventative approach to the opioid epidemic in the state of Michigan through a focus on acute care prescribing (surgery, dentistry, emergency medicine, and trauma). Addressing opioid prescribing during the acute care period among those patients not using opioids has the greatest potential to reduce the number of new chronic opioid users and minimize unintended distribution of prescription opioids into communities.
Existing public health measures currently focus on palliative strategies that target chronic opioid use. A strategy that focuses on the prevention of opioid dependence requires targeting opioid-naïve patients prior to opioid dependence.
Michigan OPEN's Work
Michigan OPEN aims to ensure appropriate acute pain care, while protecting patients and communities. Addressing opioid prescribing during the acute care period among opioid-naïve patients has the greatest potential to reduce the number of chronic opioid users and minimize unintended distribution of prescription opioids into communities.
Michigan OPEN aims to:
- Reduce excess acute care opioid prescribing
- Eliminate new persistent opioid use among postoperative and acute care patients
- Reduce unintended opioid distribution into our local communities that leads to nonmedical use and abuse
- Improve disposal practices to minimize the amount of unused opioids in our communities
To accomplish these aims, we are:
- Creating guidelines
- Encouraging and increasing safe disposal opportunities