Thousands of Michiganers die from opioid-related overdoses. Thousands more are battling opioid use disorder. This is a public health crisis that demands action.
Pending State of Michigan Legislation to Address Opioid-Related Overdoses
The State of Michigan recently introduced legislation to expand access to medication for opioid use disorder in emergency rooms throughout the state. The legislation, as currently written, requires, and provides funding for, medication for opioid use disorder to be implemented in “a hospital that treats 50 or more emergency patients per year in its emergency department for an opioid-related overdose.” To encourage participation in this public health initiative, hospitals are automatically opted into the program and must opt-out if they choose not to participate.
The Michigan Opioid Partnership will work with hospitals that choose to participate. Hospitals will be provided grant-based funding and technical assistance to support this effort.
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