Michigan unveils information to combat opioid epidemic

In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic and help people in need, the state of Michigan has unveiled a website with information on treatment facilities, drug take back sites, and pharmacies that dispense opioid overdose-reversing Narcan. Prescriptions are not needed for Narcan.

The new website is at www.michigan.gov/opioids.

Information on the Michigan State Police Angel Program — which allows people struggling with addiction to walk into any state police post for help — is also available. People accepted into the MSP Angel Program are assessed and placed into treatment.

Last year, there were 2,279 overdose deaths in Michigan — 1,941 were opioid-related. In 2016, there were 1,786 opioid-related deaths. In 2015, there were 1,320.

Opioids include pain medications such as oxycodone (brand name: OxyContin), hydrocodone, methadone, fentanyl, hydrocodone/acetaminophen (brand names: Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin), hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo), meperidine (brand name: Demerol), morphine, oxycodone/acetaminophen (brand names: Percocet, Roxicet); codeine. The animal tranquilizer carfentanil is also also an opioid. Heroin is also an opioid. 

Contact Georgea Kovanis: gkovanis@freepress.com or 313-222-6842.  Follow her on Twitter @georgeakovanis.



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