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Published on November 10, 2017

MidMichigan Health Collaborates with Michigan Medicine and Local Community Partners on Opioid Safety Plan

2017 National Take Back Day at the Law Enforcement Center in Midland, MI.President Trump has declared the opioid crisis to be a public health emergency, an epidemic that kills close to 100 Americans each day. In any public health crisis, it takes the efforts of many to improve the health of our communities.

While MidMichigan Health has been making a concerted effort for several years to educate health care providers on responsible prescribing practices, the health system is now joining together with clinical leaders at Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan, to develop a plan that will offer patients effective treatments for pain while minimizing the risks involved with the use of opioids.

“Opioid use has become a national epidemic that needs to be addressed. To help tackle this issue locally, we have a created a comprehensive task force of health care leaders which have developed a three-pronged approach that encompasses prevention, pain management and treatment for patients who are opioid dependent,” said Katherine Dollard, Psy.D., L.P., director of behavioral health, MidMichigan Health. “Specific interventions have been identified for each strategy with a strong focus on patient and clinician education as well as collaborations with community agencies throughout the counties served by MidMichigan Health.”

Most recently, one example of the ongoing collaboration with community partners included the Dump Your Drugs, National Take Back Day event that was held on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Law Enforcement Center in Midland. MidMichigan Health co-sponsored this event with the Community Alliance for Youth Success, Mid-State Health Network, Midland Police Department and the Midland County Sheriff. In addition to the prescription drug take back service, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland provided sharps disposal for needles, syringes and lancets.