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U.S. Surgeon General Visits the University of Michigan
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome
Adams visited the University
of Michigan on March 22.
The session, entitled “Better Health
through Better Partnerships,”
brought together community
advocates and a panel of physicians
and opioid researchers at the Ross
School of Business in an effort to
increase visibility and partner with
local stakeholders. Dr. Adams, an anesthesiologist and former Indiana
State Health Commissioner, was
appointed U. S. Surgeon General in fall of 2017.
Adams’ particular interest in the opioid conversation is how the local economy plays a critical role in ensuring that healthy people stay healthy. Despite a captive audi- ence of public health experts and physician leaders, he did not announce any new initiatives to address the opioid crisis that might come from the Trump Administration.
Most of the recommendations for addressing the opioid epidemic came from the panelists. Detroit Health Department Director, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun; U of M Injury Prevention Center director and professor of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Rebecca Cunningham; and U of M Anesthesiologist and Pain Physician, Dr. Chad Brummett, called for increasing access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT), encouraging physicians who could be prescribing suboxone to do so by decreasing stigma for them; telemedicine opportunities for patients in rural communities;
identifying risk factors and offering resources immediately in the emergency department; hosting prescription drug drop-offs to get rid of painkillers in homes; and increasing access to mental health care.
Adams briefly touched on his family’s personal experience with addiction and opioids. Adams’ brother is currently incarcerated for crimes linked to addiction. Adams expressed
the importance of having open discus-
sions among family, friends, and co-workers. He stated, “Michiganders can talk about addic-
tion and what’s going on in their communities. Know the statistics and then have a conversation around the dinner table, around the board room table and around the break room table about how this is affecting your communities and steps you can take to respond.” Adams discussed the relationship between childhood traumatic events and drug addiction and stressed the importance of resilience. While Adams believes the key to ending the epidemic lies within community dialogue and initiatives, he noted two important areas in which Americans can be doing better: limiting overprescribing and shifting patients’ expectations. He stated Americans should be mindful that pills do not fix every issue associated with pain and the risk of storing unused opioids in the home is too high. He also stressed that while overpre- scribing is a part of the issue, patients’ expectation that they never feel pain must also shift.
By Gabrielle Szlenkier
 U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams with Dr. Brad uren.
   Reversing the Opioid Epidemic
 Other Resources
Michigan Dept. of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Pain Management Website
Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS)
Washtenaw County Rx Card - Statewide Prescription Assistance Program
Prescription Drug Overdose - State Laws
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) - Office of Diversion Control
               MSMS Resources
NEW - Start Talking Consent Form
NEW - Need to Know Prescribing Legislation FAQs
NEW - LARA Required CME - Pain & Symptom Management On-Demand Webinars MSMS Opioid Alert
    Compiled in conjunction with the Saginaw County Medical Society
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