On September 23, the WHI’s third annual Opioid Summit occurred virtually. 169 registered participants attended, and the event hosted 28 speakers and panelists. Key speakers included Adreanne Waller, who highlighted health and racial inequities across the county, and Dr. Onawa LaBelle, who presented early research on the resilience of the population to transition to a … Read more
On October 1st, the WHI Opioid Project hosted the second annual Opioid Summit. The event was attended by roughly 250 community members and focused on stigma and barriers to care. Participants were able to choose from a variety of breakout rooms, which facilitated a deeper, more meaningful conversation about opioid addiction and recovery in Washtenaw … Read more
On October 15, the first-ever Opioid Summit was held. Over 400 people attended, including U.S. Congressional Representative Debbie Dingell and half a dozen Washtenaw County Commissioners. At the summit, over four dozen Naloxone treatment kits were given to attendees who needed them—along with instructions on how to use them. Dozens of attendees signed up for … Read more
In December 2017, new legislation was signed in Michigan to fight the opioid epidemic, aiming to prevent further addiction. Later, in early 2018, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowed states to implement work requirements for Medicaid eligibility.
On May 18, the Opioid Project received a Special Recognition Award from Huron Valley Ambulance for the group’s life-saving work. This award was given in part because 2015 was the first year there was a reduction in opioid-related deaths in the county. In 2014, 65 lives were lost to opioid use; however, in 2015, this … Read more