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Latest - Jun 20, 2023

OPEN Team Attends 2023 Rx Summit

The 2023 Rx Summit In April 2023, the OPEN team attended the 2023 Rx and Illicit Drug Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The Rx Summit is the largest national collaboration for professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by drug misuse. There is much offered at the Rx […]
Jun 14, 2023

Read Our Summer 2023 Newsletter

Our Summer newsletter is here! Featuring new programs, information on the Take A.C.T.I.O.N. training courses, our newest OPEN spotlight and more! Read our Summer 2023 newsletter here. Subscribe to our newsletter here. 
May 11, 2023

OPEN Hits Milestone for 5,000 Naloxone Kits Distributed since 2020

OPEN and Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC) are excited to have reached over 5,000 naloxone kits distributed to at-risk patients this spring.  Through our Emergency Department Naloxone Distribution Program, we aim to provide patients most vulnerable to future overdose this life-saving overdose reversal medication to take home with them.  “Naloxone is the most effective […]
Apr 24, 2023

How we Iterate: A Closer Look at OPEN’s Prescribing Recommendations

One of OPEN’s most important initiatives is our opioid Prescribing Recommendations. Earlier this year, we developed recommendations for a new set of pediatric procedures. In 2022, we added recommendations for additional pediatric procedures and updated many of the existing recommendations for adult surgical procedures. How do we actually go about making these changes? How did […]
Mar 16, 2023

Read our Spring 2023 Newsletter

Our Spring newsletter is here! Featuring new featured programs, Spring 2023 Take Back Event information, our first open spotlight and more. Read our Spring 2023 newsletter here. Subscribe to our newsletter here. 
Mar 2, 2023

OPEN’s Educational Materials Hit 5,000 Downloads since 2020

In January 2023, OPEN hit a substantial milestone for downloads of our educational materials. OPEN has officially reached 5,000 downloads since 2020. Our educational materials are an important resource we provide to both patients and providers. “With these materials, everyone has the opportunity to learn about pain management. We’re their biggest advocate, so we are […]
Feb 6, 2023

OPEN Publishes New Pediatrics Prescribing Recommendations

OPEN has released a new set of Pediatric Prescribing Recommendations based on three years of data collection and analysis of prescribing patterns and patient reported outcomes. These recommendations add nearly 40 new procedures to our extensive list centered around pediatric surgeries. Work on this new set of recommendations began after Dr. Karen Cooper moved to […]
Jan 10, 2023

Three Years of Research Culminating in Best Practice Recommendations for Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Karen Cooper started her residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (also known as Ear, Nose and Throat or ENT) 25 years ago, and one of the first surgeries she learned to perform was a tonsillectomy. When she began her career, the common practice was to prescribe large amounts of an opioid to manage the […]
Jan 6, 2023

Celebrating the Successful Fall 2022 Take Back Event

Take Back Events are organized twice a year by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) where community members can turn in unused medications they still have in their households. While these Take Back Events predate OPEN, the OPEN team saw these events as a great way to partner with community leaders and raise awareness to the […]
Dec 14, 2022

Read Our Fall 2022 Newsletter

Our Fall newsletter is here! Featuring Painless: The Opioid Musical, research presented at APHA, community engagement/achievement and more. Read our Fall 2022 newsletter here. Subscribe to our newsletter here.
Dec 13, 2022

Painless: The Opioid Musical Featured on the Today Show

On November 25, Painless: The Opioid Musical was featured on the Today Show, recognizing the importance of this musical and the impact it has already made on our community. The feature showed viewers highlights from its first high school performance and responses from high school students who watched it live. Painless started as an idea […]
Dec 6, 2022

OPEN Cited in new CDC Prescribing Guidelines

In the CDC’s November 4th publication of the 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain, OPEN was cited throughout the article. The CDC referenced OPEN’s recommendations for the number of opioid pills to consider prescribing for patients undergoing surgical procedures, the use of non-opioid medications for acute pain, and prescribing recommendations after dental […]
Nov 29, 2022

OPEN Team Presents Pediatric Research at the 2022 APHA Conference

OPEN team members Heidi Aslesen and Zahra Dawson attended the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting in Boston from November 6th through November 9th to present research on the intersection of pediatric opioid prescribing, BMI and the impact on children. The APHA Annual Meeting is a yearly public health conference that celebrates the vast […]
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