Areas of Focus

Opioid and Overdose


The U-M Injury Prevention Center does considerable work in the field of opioid and overdose, which has been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From funded exploratory studies to educational training events, we are working to find ways to identify and prevent drug overdose across populations in both the Great Lakes Region and the nation. Below you’ll find links to more information about our work in this area, as well as a listing of members doing work or interested in this area. We invite you to explore and join us as we move forward to advance research and prevention.

Opioid Solutions: A Central Hub for Opioid Work at U-M

Opioid Solutions serves as a central hub for University of Michigan research, educational activities and community outreach related to opioids. On the site, users can 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 around opioid overdose prevention.

The Michigan Safer Opioid Prescribing Toolkit

A real-time resource created for practicing clinical providers, provided by the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Designed to offer the most up-to-date resources, guidelines, and strategies for managing acute and chronic pain, with broad applicability for use by all Michigan and non-Michigan clinicians, including Surgeons, Dentists, and Sub-Specialty providers.

Impacting the Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Education, and Practice for Non-Prescribing Providers

An evidence-based, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) created to inform about the opioid epidemic and provide evidence-based strategies focused on prevention, intervention, education, and policy. This opioid-focused MOOC resulted from a collaboration between the Injury Prevention Center, M-OPEN and IHPI. Free CME, MOCA, and Social Work Credits are available.

The System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance (SOS)

Opioid overdose represents an urgent public health problem in the United States, with Michigan ranking among the states hardest hit by the dramatic escalation over the past 15 years. A key component of addressing this crisis is timely surveillance—and accompanying data analytics—that can be used to guide resource allocation used for rapid response and prevention. The System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance (SOS) was created through a partnership between the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and Michigan High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). The system provides near real-time mapping of suspected non-fatal and fatal overdose cases, as well as demographic briefs to authorized public health and public safety stakeholders across the state of Michigan. SOS is a new tool designed to inform data-driven opioid overdose prevention and response efforts with the goal of reducing overdose injuries and fatalities.

Opioid & Overdose News & Events

11.27.22

SAVE the DATE: Safety 2022 – 14th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion: Postponed to November 27-30, 2022

Injury prevention and safety promotion is a maturing area. It involves many disciplines and interest…

05.17.22

2022 Michigan Harm Reduction Summit

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Viral Hepatitis Unit is pleased to announce…

03.30.22

Save the Date: SAVIR Annual Conference

Mark your calendar for March 30-April 1 2022 – the SAVIR Conference will take place…

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05.05.22

U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter April 2022

This month’s highlights include new IPV-focused visual abstracts in the areas of alcohol-involved overdose deaths…

03.31.22

U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter February/March 2022

This month’s highlights include a new opioid overdose surveillance toolkit; new IFIP funding and fellowships;…

01.31.22

U-M Injury Prevention Center Newsletter January 2022

This month’s highlights include Michigan Opioid Legislation Tracking Tool that tracks opioid-related bills and amendments…

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Opioid & Overdose Prevention Information & Tools

U-M Opioid Solutions

The University of Michigan’s central hub for all opioid related projects, researchers, and trainings.

Prevention Resources

A Summary of the CDC Injury Control Research Centers’ work on Opioid Overdose Prevention

This handout outlines how the CDC Injury Control Research Centers are impacting Opioid Overdose Prevention. The University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center plays a crucial role in working with community partners to put opioid overdose prevention research into practice. Learn more here.

 

A Summary of Prescription Drug Overdose Information and Resources

This handout provides Prescription Drug Overdose information including links to state and national resources, a summary of opioid misuse work at the University of Michigan, and a member profile on Dr. Jennifer Waljee.

 

Summary of an Evidence-Based Overdose Education and Distribution of Nasal Naloxone Program

This document provides information on an evidence-based program to combat the opioid overdose epidemic. This handout gives information on the opioid overdose epidemic, information on the highlighted evidence-based solution and the components of the program, and the evidence for the program’s effectiveness.

 

Legislative Analyses & Policy One-Pagers

Change in Michigan Overdoses during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on opioid overdose rates is uncertain. This flyer addresses the opioid overdose trends before and during COVID-19 using data from the System for Opioid Overdose Surveillance (SOS). The SOS is an opioid overdose surveillance system that provides near real-time data of suspected non-fatal and fatal overdose cases to authorized public health and public safety stakeholders across the state of Michigan. For more information, visit: injurycenter.umich.edu/opioid-overdose/opioid-surveillance/

 

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

This report analyzes the state of the opioid epidemic within Michigan, including the state of legislative actions addressing the opioid epidemic, and synthesizes key input from stakeholders around the state about the potential policy interventions that are most urgently needed to address this public health problem. Finally, we propose a series of University of Michigan Injury Center recommendations for addressing critical aspects of this public health problem within Michigan

 

The Prescription Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

This document describes the prescription opioid overdose epidemic in Michigan

 

 

Opioid Abuse in Michigan

This document describes the trends in opioid abuse in Michigan and current strategies (and opportunities to expand strategies) to combat opioid abuse and overdose.

Funded Research Projects Focused on Opioid & Overdose

The U-M Injury Prevention Center has funded current and past injury research projects focusing on the prevention of opioid and overdose. Peruse the projects listed below.

Core Faculty and Practitioners with Expertise in Opioid & Overdose Prevention

 

 

 

Please click on a faculty/practitioner’s name to access their full profile with research interests and funded projects.

Amy Bohnert, PhD
Opioid Overdose Content Lead
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Eve Losman

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

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Michael Englesbe

Cyrenus G Darling Sr M.D. and Cyrenus G Darling Jr M.D. Professor, Surgery, U-M Medical School

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Terri Diane Voepel-Lewis

Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

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Lewei Allison Lin

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

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Patrick Carter

Co-Director, Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan

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Jason Goldstick

Director, Statistics and Methods Section, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

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Kipling (Kip) Bohnert

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University

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Jenna Goesling

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, U-M Medical School

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Erin Bonar

Sexual Violence Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

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Peter F. Ehrlich

Co-Director, Outreach and Translation Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

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Chad M. Brummett

Bert N. LaDu Professor of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, U-M Medical School

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Maureen Walton

Senior Associate Director, Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan

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Carol Purcell

Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Program Manager, Diversion Prevention Program, University of Michigan

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Mahshid Abir

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan

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Carol J. Boyd

Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor Emerita, Nursing, U-M School of Nursing

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Philip Todd Veliz

Research Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan

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Paul E. Hilliard

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, U-M Medical School

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Chin Hwa (Gina) Dahlem

Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing, U-M School of Nursing

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Sean Esteban McCabe

Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH), School of Nursing, University of Michigan

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Frederic C. Blow

Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

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Rebecca Cunningham

Vice President for Research, Office of Research, University of Michigan

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Sonya Lewis

Instructor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

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Dianne Singer

Project Manager, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School

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Rebecca Haffajee

Policy Researcher, Boston Office, RAND Corporation

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Mark A. Ilgen

Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan

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Amy Bohnert

Opioids Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center

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Jennifer Waljee

Associate Professor, Surgery, U-M Medical School

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Donovan Maust

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School

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Courtney Bagge

Research Investigator, Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, MI

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Douglas Roehler

Epidemiologist, Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Members with Interest/Expertise in Opioid & Overdose Prevention

  • Christian Lumaj
    University of Michigan
  • Christina Cameron, MSN
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Claire Arnott, BA
    Open University
  • Coco Rios Escobar, BA
    University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Courtney Bagge, PhD
    University of Michigan Medical Center; VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
  • Craig Dunham
    Dr.
  • Cynthia Miller, MSN
    Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Daniel Griffith, MBA
    Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Darryl Dewberry, MSW
    Abundant Community Recovery Services
  • Davidson Wissing, MPA
    Nebraska DHHS
  • Diamond Buchanan
    Diamond Buchanan
  • Diane Kline-Gorney, MA, LBSW
    AuSable Valley Community Mental Health
  • Dipa Gurung Rai
    John Maxwell
  • Dr. Yahya Alnashri
    Johns Hopkins University, USA & Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  • Elizabeth Duval, PhD
    Michigan Medicine
  • Elizabeth Lowery, MPH
    Virginia Department of Health
  • Emily Deal, MS
    University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Emily Dejka
    University of Michigan
  • Emily Pasman, MSW
    Wayne State University
  • Evan Kearney
    Evan Kearney
  • Feriel Presswalla, BS
    University of Michigan
  • George Edwards, BS
    Virginia Tech
  • Gigi Colombini, MSW
    Institute for Hope & Human Flourishing
  • Greg Greenfield, MA, MPA
    Western Michigan University
  • Gregory Cooper
    Michigan National Guard
  • Hannah Ruble, MPH
    Nura Research Institute (Student at University of University of Michigan - Flint)
  • Heledd Davies, MSc
    Togetherall
  • Hoang-Khang Tran, MD
    Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in HCMC, Vietnam
  • Ina Robinson, MPH
    Safe States Alliance
  • James Kimberling, MSW
    East Orange General Hospital