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Project Gabe will partner with Alaska’s industries to prevent opioid overdose deaths

| Jun 14, 2022 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is launching a new initiative called Project Gabe this summer to provide opioid misuse awareness, education, and prevention resources to industrial workers.     Project Gabe is named in honor of Gabe Johnston, who died of an opioid overdose in January,...[ Read More ]

Governor Whitmer signs bills fighting opioid crisis

| May 19, 2022 | Michigan

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of legislation investing $800 million dollars in treatment, prevention, mental health in response to the Opioid Crisis. Together, Senate Bills 993, 994, and 995 manage the disbursement of settlement funds as a result of opioid-related lawsuits and create the Opioid Advisory Commission to...[ Read More ]

Use of opioids before surgery predicts consumption of opioids after surgery

| Mar 22, 2022 | Michigan

As elective surgeries deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ramp up, a new study from University of Michigan Medical School researchers details important considerations for surgical patients with recent opioid use versus those who have never taken opioids. The study, led by Mark Bicket, M.D., Ph.D., of the U-M Health...[ Read More ]

Q&A: New Utah Medicaid director discusses future outlook and priorities 

| Feb 14, 2022 | Utah

Jennifer Strohecker is Utah’s new Medicaid director. Before she was appointed by Governor Spencer Cox, Strohecker was the director of the Bureau of Healthcare Policy and Authorization and the Medicaid pharmacy director.  In this Q&A, Strohecker discusses her priorities in her new role, addressing the opioid crisis in the state,...[ Read More ]

CDPHE allocates $1.8 million to increase access to naloxone in local communities

| Feb 4, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and Governor Jared Polis recently allocated $1.8 million for the Naloxone Bulk Purchase Fund to expand naloxone access. Naloxone is a life-saving treatment used to reverse an opioid overdose as it is happening. It helps keep someone experiencing an overdose stable...[ Read More ]

MDHHS announces RFP for new racial equity workgroup consultant for opioid task force

| Jan 28, 2022 | Michigan

The Michigan Opioids Task Force announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) in January for a consultant to develop and lead a new Racial Equity Workgroup within the task force.  The consultant will mainly work to incorporate community voices into the decision making process of the task force and to provide...[ Read More ]