Governor Announces Efforts to Halve Opioid Deaths; MHA Invited to Join Advisory Group
Posted on November 18, 2019
On Nov. 14, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out a series of new efforts targeted to increase awareness of the stigma around opioid addiction, as well as a plan to cut opioid-related deaths by 50% in the next five years.
Joining the governor at the press conference to make the announcement were several state officials and healthcare professionals to outline the initiatives to combat the epidemic, including Cara Poland, MD, Spectrum Health, who spoke on the value of medication-assisted opioid treatment.
The steps that the state is taking to combat the opioid epidemic are focused around four pillars: prevention through a $1 million media campaign seeking to reduce associated stigma, eliminating barriers by removing prior authorization for treatment, leading incarceration reform by expanding medication-assisted treatment in Michigan prisons, and reducing harm through the expansion of syringe service programs across the state.
The MHA has been invited to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Group to the Michigan Opioids Task Force to discuss strategic planning efforts for the state. The MHA will represent hospitals as the task force drives efforts to reduce opioid-related deaths in the state.
The MHA has been fighting the deadly opioid epidemic by working with lawmakers, state departments, physicians and the public to raise awareness and improve clinical processes. The MHA website provides more information and resources on the opioid epidemic. Members with questions should contact Paige Fults at the MHA.
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