Across the U.S., opioid overdoses have reached epidemic levels. Since 2011, more than 450 people have died of opioid overdoses in Washtenaw County alone. The Washtenaw Health Initiative (WHI) Opioid Project intends to change that.
A volunteer organization, the opioid project brings concerned community members together with professionals from law enforcement, public health, community mental health, treatment programs, and hospitals to combat opioid misuse and overdose while meeting the needs of those living with chronic pain.
Believing that every person has a part to play in ending the opioid epidemic in Washtenaw County, the project promotes opportunities for residents and professionals to get involved, make a difference, and combat this epidemic.
The WHI Opioid Project is committed to addressing gaps within our community in an effort to combat the grip Opioid Use Disorder has on Washtenaw County. In our efforts, the Opioid Project has developed a list of 19 community recommendations that directly address five major gaps the Opioid Project has identified. Through the work of three subcommittees, a cross-sector collaboration of community partners works to address these recommendations. Together, they are working to change the face of addiction to one of recovery.
Membership in the opioid project is fluid, but participants come from local hospitals, schools, treatment centers, research organizations, mental health programs, community groups, prepaid health plans, and importantly, members of the recovery community. Current members include representatives from Washtenaw County Community Mental Health and the Washtenaw County Health Department. Members meet the third Tuesday of each month (see the WHI’s upcoming events page for more details).
For more information
Contact the Opioid Project co-chairs:
- Juan Marquez, Acting Medical Director, Washtenaw County Health Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sara Szczotka, Project Manager, Washtenaw Recovery Advocacy Project, at email@example.com
Contact the committee’s staff representative:
- Matthew Hill, Washtenaw Health Initiative Substance Use Disorder Program Manager at the Center for Health and Research Transformation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.