Opioids in Michigan


U-M study finds surprising abusers of opioids: new mothers. The fix is easy.

July 26, 2019 | Robin Erb

A University of Michigan study of national data finds that 1 in 100 new moms or more kept refilling prescriptions long after babies arrived.

Michigan doctors not trained to treat opioid abuse ‒ and don't want to be

July 12, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A statewide survey found most primary care physicians don’t want training to administer the “gold standard” treatment of opioid abuse, even as overdose deaths tripled in Michigan.

Opinion | Children in Michigan are also victimized by opioid abuse

May 24, 2019 | Michele Corey

Opioid abuse and deaths have a huge impact on children in affected families. Michigan needs to figure out how to help them.

Here’s how Michigan should spend Bloomberg’s $10 million to fight opioids

March 15, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg invests $10 million for “high impact” solutions. Experts tell Bridge Magazine where investment would help most.

Suicides, often linked to opioids, spike in rural Michigan and among young

March 7, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

A new study finds links between two grim causes of death, but also poses some proven ways to reduce rates

In opioid war, studies urge medication. Michigan clinics push abstinence.

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Slowly, addiction treatment centers in the state are shifting away from old-school abstinence to combining counseling with medication. But experts warn Michigan isn’t moving quickly enough

From opioid-fueled thief to grateful counselor to peers in Michigan

January 17, 2019 | Ted Roelofs

Kyle Hanshaw lied, stole and tricked doctors to get painkillers. Then he found a Bay City medication treatment program that worked.

Amid Michigan opioid crisis, drug centers say new rules mean layoffs

October 17, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Treatment officials argue that state regulatory changes could close detox centers and force layoffs. State officials counter that centers need full-time doctors and certified providers to ensure patient safety.

In Michigan emergency rooms, a chance missed in the opioid crisis

September 27, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Michigan lacks ER treatment with an opioid substitute that is saving lives in other states

Michigan Roulette: The rise of a deadly street opioid

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A street version of fentanyl is now responsible for more overdose deaths in Michigan than prescription medications. And white, working-class communities surrounding Detroit have been hit hardest of all.

For opioid addicts in Michigan, online help when no doctor is near

May 16, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

A clinic in Ann Arbor tackles opioid addiction with the help of the Internet

Despite opioid problems, small-town Hastings, Michigan ‘a good place to be from’

May 11, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Southeast of Grand Rapids, Hastings is battling opioid addiction and other challenges as it maintains its easy-going character. Bridge pays a visit during its 2018 Truth Tour.

Michigan falls short in frontline treatment for opioid crisis

March 13, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

The state, hard hit by opioid deaths, has a shortage of doctors trained to prescribe medication that’s critical to recovery.

Opinion | When doctors don’t do their homework, they enable opioid abuse

January 4, 2018 | Rebecca Cunningham

To reduce drug abuse, a new law requires doctors to check a patient’s drug history on a state database before prescribing dangerous narcotics. But the law only works if doctors follow it.

U-M leading drive to cut opioids given after surgery

November 7, 2017 | Phil Power

The University of Michigan Medical School is teaming with public health officials and insurers to curtail doctors who overprescribe opioids for pain, leading to addiction and abuse.

Amid opioid crisis, few doctors use Michigan’s outdated drug monitoring tool

August 18, 2016 | Nancy Derringer

Michigan’s online system is supposed to detect physicians and patients who abuse prescription painkillers. But the current version is so slow most doctors don’t even bother. And a bill to update the system hardly seems a cure-all.