Combatting the Opiod Epidemic

Prescription drug and opioid misuse is a growing national health emergency that impacts every community in Michigan. More than 7.5 million patients received over 103.2 million prescriptions over the last five years. Of those patients, 5,261 overdose deaths occurred, according to the Michigan statewide opioid assessment.

The MHA Keystone Center has a long history dedicated to decreasing opioid misuse, working with member hospitals to educate patients, improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs associated with opioid use. One initiative aimed to improve pain management, decrease opioid use, and educate patients about safe pain management. It received national recognition for its progress toward those goals which resulted in improved patient care and reduced healthcare costs.

Read more about the MHA Keystone Center’s previous and current efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.