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Michigan: Teams Up with National Academy of Medicine to Fight Opioid Epidemic with New Knowledge

On April 30, the University of Michigan School of Public Health officially joined a national effort to address the opioid crisis: the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s) Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

“Researchers across all three of our campuses are actively seeking solutions to reduce opioid overdose, as well as effective strategies to address pain,” said Dr. Rebecca Cunningham, associate vice president for research and director of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center. Dr. Cunningham is also a professor at the university’s Medical School and School of Public Health. “Through our participation in the National Academy’s new effort…we hope to accelerate our efforts to get this new knowledge to the people who can use it most.”

The NAM collaborative brings together more than 100 organizations across the US, including community organizations, hospital and medical systems, academia, nonprofits and health professional societies.

As a member, Michigan has committed to sharing information and best practices, coordinating opioid-related efforts and advancing new initiatives together with other collaborative members.

Founded in 2018 in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, the Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic is a public-private partnership committed to developing, curating and disseminating multi-sector solutions designed to reduce opioid misuse and improve outcomes for individuals, families and communities affected by the opioid crisis.

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