300+ teens learn about effects of opioid, substance use addiction

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

Dental, opioid, and FUSE projects advance

June 2015 was a busy month for the WHI. The Community Outreach and Dental Service workgroup published its County Dental Assessment which details a history and context of dental care in Washtenaw County and then analyzes access and cost issues for different populations, and the impacts of oral health on physical health. The assessment was … Read more

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

In early January, after the Mental Health and Substance Use workgroup published its Detox Protocol Guide, the group began to review—at the request of  Adreanne Waller and Marcia Scalera at the Washtenaw County Health Department—the county’s opiate use, existing treatment services, and overdoses. The review specifically focused on the cause and impact of increased overdose … Read more