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
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…
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Viral Hepatitis Unit is pleased to announce…
Mark your calendar for March 30-April 1 2022 – the SAVIR Conference will take place…
This month’s highlights include new IPV-focused visual abstracts in the areas of alcohol-involved overdose deaths…
This month’s highlights include a new opioid overdose surveillance toolkit; new IFIP funding and fellowships;…
This month’s highlights include Michigan Opioid Legislation Tracking Tool that tracks opioid-related bills and amendments…
Latest Opioid & Overdose Publications
Ridenour TA, Cruden G, Yang Y, Bonar EE, Rodriguez A, Saavedra LM, Hussong AM, Walton MA, et al. Methodological strategies for prospective harmonization of studies: Application to 10 distinct outcomes studies of preventive interventions targeting opioid misuse. Prev Sci. 2022. doi: 10.1007/s11121-022-01412-1. PMID: 35976525.
Opioid & Overdose Prevention Information & Tools
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.
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.
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
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/
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
This document describes the prescription opioid overdose epidemic in Michigan
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.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Senior Associate Director, Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan
Bert N. LaDu Professor of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology, U-M Medical School
Associate Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Cyrenus G Darling Sr M.D. and Cyrenus G Darling Jr M.D. Professor, Surgery, U-M Medical School
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Michigan State University
Professor, Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Director, Statistics and Methods Section, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Research Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Project Manager, Department of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School
Sexual Violence Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Research Investigator, Veterans Affairs Center for Clinical Management Research, Ann Arbor, MI
Opioids Content Lead, Research Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Director, Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH), School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Epidemiologist, Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Associate Professor, Surgery, U-M Medical School
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan
Policy Researcher, Boston Office, RAND Corporation
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School
Co-Director, Injury Prevention Center, University of Michigan
Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Program Manager, Diversion Prevention Program, University of Michigan
Co-Director, Outreach and Translation Core, University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center
Instructor, Psychiatry, U-M Medical School
Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing, U-M School of Nursing
Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor Emerita, Nursing, U-M School of Nursing
Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, U-M Medical School
Members with Interest/Expertise in Opioid & Overdose Prevention
Sunghee Lee, PhD
Susanna Joy, MA
National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention
Suzi Howie, HNC
Moray College, UHI, Scotland
University of Michigan
Ms. Tab M Battle
Taylor Hautala, MPH
University of Michigan
Tracy Gibbons, BA
Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent Branch
Trevor Brooks, MSW
Umeika Stephens, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Wayne State University
Valerie Bonner, MBA, CPC-R
Valerie Cecil Perez-Vasquez
Viktor Burlaka, PhD
Wayne State University
Vishaka Kalra, MPH
University of Michigan School of Public Health
William Crump, MPH
Bemidji Area IHS
Zheng Dai, MS
West Virginia University
Zoey Chopra, BA
University of Michigan