Much has been done in Washtenaw County to address the opioid epidemic, yet the death toll continues to rise. Multiple factors including opioid misuse, limited treatment resources/access and gaps in provider knowledge contribute to this problem. This summit will bring together addiction professionals, providers and the community to educate, increase awareness, destigmatize and explore community driven solutions to make an impact on opioid misuse and overdose in Washtenaw County.
“We are working on the opioid issue in Washtenaw County, but it’s clearly not enough,” says Jimena Loveluck, MSW, MPH, Opioid Project Co-Chair and Washtenaw County Health Department Deputy Health Officer.
“We continue to see more deaths and need to coordinate resources and tools. This Summit provides a critical opportunity to connect with individuals and leaders across our community. We look forward to increasing our shared understanding and to generating truly effective community solutions,” said Loveluck.
Fifty-five Washtenaw County residents died of opioid related overdoses between January and August 2018. This is over 30 percent higher than the first eight months of 2017.
October 15, 2018
Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building4800 E Huron River Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Afternoon session for professionals: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.:
- Hear about the current state of opioid prescribing legislation and implementation in Michigan
- Learn about treatment resources and patientcommunication tools like Motivational Interviewing
- Get trained in the use of Naloxone
Evening session for the general public: 5:30-8:30 p.m.:
- Understand addiction and recovery facts
- Hear from people who have been directly affected by addiction
- Learn about different methods for safe storage and use of opioids
Food and refreshments will be provided to all participants. Both sessions are free. Please RSVP.
View the Washtenaw County Opioid Summit Flyer and Agenda (PDF).
See more about the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project www.whiopioidproject.org.
See data on opioid misuse and overdose in Washtenaw County www.washtenaw.org/opioids.