WEMU 89.1 Online; audio of the discussion can be found at the below link
By JORGE AVELLAN • MAY 15, 2019
The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted an opioid crisis discussion Wednesday at Weber\’s Inn. 89.1 WEMU\’s Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.
“We really need to combat the stigma that comes along with addiction.”
A three-member panel discussed the importance of educating the public about the opioid crisis. Last year, 81 residents in Washtenaw County died of an opioid-related overdose. That\’s the highest since 2011 when the county started collecting data on the topic.
Dr. Michael Englesbe is the co-director of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and was part of the panel.
\”Among opioid naive patients, people who are not on opioids who have some kind of acute event like dental care or surgical care, upwards of 6% of those people, so six out of 100 will continue to use those opioids long term,\” said Englesbe.
The Washtenaw County Health Department plans to launch an opioid awareness campaign later this year to help address the crisis.