opioid Whitmer Seeks To Cut Opioid Deaths In Half Within 5 Years By Associated Press & David Eggert • Nov 15, 2019 flicker Creative Commons / flickr creative commons Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that she wants to cut the number of Michigan’s opioid-related overdose deaths in half within five years, joining with other top state officials to outline several initiatives to combat the epidemic. State Health Official Accused Of Over-Prescribing Opioids By Associated Press • May 31, 2019 A high-ranking state health official has been placed on paid leave after being accused of excessively prescribing opioids. Flint Joins Michigan Cities Filing Suit Over Opioid Drugs By Steve Carmody • Feb 19, 2019 WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU Flint is the latest Michigan city to file a lawsuit against the nation’s largest manufacturers of opioid drugs. Michigan Lists Pain Drug Gabapentin As Controlled Substance By Associated Press • Jan 10, 2019 Wikicommons Michigan is listing a drug commonly used to treat nerve pain and seizures as a controlled substance, a step intended to fight the opioid epidemic. Michigan, Harvard Focus On Detroit Poverty, Opioid Problems By Associated Press • Sep 12, 2018 flickr/frankieleon The University of Michigan and Harvard University are teaming up to tackle poverty and opioid addiction in Detroit. Michigan Residents Can Drop Off Unused Opioids, Other Meds By Associated Press • Apr 26, 2018 flickr/frankieleon A series of events this weekend will enable Michigan residents to responsibly dispose of unused or expired opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. Traverse City Joins Lawsuit Vs. Drug Companies Over Opioids By Associated Press • Mar 20, 2018 flickr/frankieleon A city government in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is joining a lawsuit against drug companies and distributors over the consequences of excessive opioid use. Lt. Gov. Calley Signs Law Requiring Use of Prescription Drug Database By Associated Press • Dec 27, 2017 Facebook Michigan doctors will be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under new laws signed by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. Opioid Bills Head To The Governor’s Desk By Cheyna Roth • Dec 13, 2017 flickr/frankieleon Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor. Listen Listening... / 0:40 Trump Makes Opioid Crisis Public Health Emergency — Lacks Federal Funding By Cheyna Roth & Rick Pluta • Oct 27, 2017 flickr/frankieleon President Donald Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency. Gov. Snyder Creates New Council To Fight Opioid Epidemic By Associated Press • Aug 15, 2017 flickr/frankieleon Gov. Rick Snyder has created a state council to better coordinate Michigan's fight against the opioid epidemic. AG Schuette Forms New Unit to Target Opioid Trafficking By Associated Press • May 31, 2017 www.billschuette.com Attorney General Bill Schuette has created a new unit to target heroin and other opioid-based drug crimes in Michigan. Gov. Snyder To Make Overdose Drug Widely Available In Michigan By Associated Press • May 25, 2017 PfizerInjectables.com Snyder order to make naloxone widely available in Michigan. Help Addicts & The Environment By Taking Part in "Prescription Drug Take Back Day" By Brooke Allen • Apr 27, 2017 Wikimedia Commons Doctors and police urge to dispose of old medicine on Drug Take Back Day on Saturday. Listen Listening... / 1:37 Dr. Brad Uren of the University of Michigan talks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about why you should dispose of your old medicine properly on Saturday.