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MOA Safe Opioid Use and Addiction Treatment

The Michigan Osteopathic Association has developed a strategy for combating the opioid crisis facing our state. The following "MOA 5 Strategic Pillars" were developed based on recommendations from the MOA Presidential Task Force on Safe Opioid Us, the Michigan Governors Task Force and The Office of the White House.

Goal - reduce opioid-related deaths and morbidity, while we treat patients with pain and/or addiction with compassion and expertise.
Click here for the 5 Strategic Pillars

CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Center for Disease Control has released guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The guidelines carve out an exception for patients receiving cancer treatment or end-of-life care. When doctors determine that such drugs are necessary in other situations, the CDC advises doctors prescribe the lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time. 

Click HERE for guidelines.


There are many online resources available to learn more about the opioids issue in Michigan. The MOA has compiled some web links for you.

Safe Drug Disposal Information for Michigan

Providers' Clinical Support System For Opioid Therapies

Balancing Pain Management and Prescription Opioid Abuse

Opioid painkiller prescribing varies widely among states

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US

Michigan Drug Control Update (PDF)

Gov. Rick Snyder forms task force to address prescription drug and opioid problems in Michigan

MAPS Report 2014- (PDF)

America's Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Opioid and Heroin Abuse 

Incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — 28 States

In 2014, the Michigan Osteopathic Association developed an Ad Hoc committee to investigate the causes of the alarming rates of opioid abuse in Michigan. The committee soon transformed into the MOA Task Force on Safe Opioid Use. The Task Force was invited to have a member join Governor Rick Snyder's Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force to develop recommendations on preventing the causes and addressing the addiction.

The MOA Task Force continues to work on educating members, legislators, law enforcement and the public on the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction. This page offers resources and events to aid in that education.

Thank you to all the attendees of the MOA Luncheon & Town Hall Meeting, Saturday, May 14. The event offered a distinguished panel of experts from the medical, legislative and law enforcement sectors for a town hall-style discussion. The event was moderated by Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent and host of WKAR's "Off the Record," as an overflow crowd asked questions and heard from the various points of view. The event began with a message from Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Chair of the Governor's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. 

View the YouTube video of the Lt. Gov. Brian Calley's message to the MOA Town Hall: Click HERE

Handouts from the Town Hall
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MOA Task Force Chair Appointed to Governor Rick Snyder's Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission

Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the initial appointments to the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission, created by the Executive Order he signed in June. The Michigan Osteopathic Association (MOA) will be represented by Stephen Bell, DO. Dr. Bell previously served on the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force and currently chairs the MOA's Safe Opioid Use Task Force. 

The 21-member Commission, will review the Report of Findings and Recommendations for Action from the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. They are tasked with developing and proposing policies that will be used in an action plan for implementation. 

"I am honored to serve our state on such an important issue facing our communities. Osteopathic physicians can provide a unique perspective on pain management and addiction treatment," said Dr. Bell. 

The creation of the commission was a recommendation of the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force the Governor created last year that was chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

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