October 21-27, 2018: Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan.

WHEREAS, the opioid crisis is a public health epidemic in Michigan and across the United States, contributing to addiction, overdose emergencies and deaths; and,

WHEREAS, the opioid crisis includes illegal drugs such as heroin and prescription pain medications, such as morphine, codeine, methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and hydromorphone; and,

WHEREAS, the nation’s opioid crisis impacts all areas of Michigan – including urban, suburban, and rural communities, and all ages including young people and older Michiganders – and is unprejudiced in its reach and devastation; and,

WHEREAS, the deaths from overdose are preventable and the effective treatment of opioid use disorders can reduce the risk of overdose. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports that of the 2,729 overdose deaths in Michigan in 2017, 1,941 were opioid-related, up from 1,786 opioid-related deaths in 2016 and 1,320 in 2015; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s rate of drug overdose is 20.2 per 100,000 which is significantly higher than it was in 2015 and 2016. Michigan also unfortunately continues to see the rates increase of infants born with drug-exposure, going from 478 in 2010 to 863 as of 2016; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan is using every available tool to combat the opioid epidemic, and those collaborative efforts of state agencies amplify Michigan’s efforts related to prevention and treatment of patients, education of health professionals and enforcement of over-prescribers; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan provides online resources for patients, health professionals and communities about prevention and treatment of opioid abuse. The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs maintains the Michigan Automated Prescription System, which provides real-time prescription data and resources to better assess a patient’s risk for substance use disorder; and,

WHEREAS, many State of Michigan agencies, communities, and businesses throughout the state provide assistance with proper drug disposal of unwanted medications. The Michigan State Police posts serve as drug-take back sites, as well as implement the Angel Program for individuals struggling with addiction; and,

WHEREAS, these efforts were recommended and supported by the state’s Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission which was made up of health professionals, law enforcement officers, substance abuse treatment providers, government officials and citizens; and,

WHEREAS, the State of Michigan issued a standing order in May 2017 to pre-authorize the distribution of naloxone by pharmacists to those at risk of an opioid-related overdose, as well as family members, friends and other persons who may be able to assist a person at risk of overdose. Naloxone is a fast-acting, potentially life-saving medication that reverses an opioid overdose;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, and I, Brian Calley, Lt. governor, do hereby proclaim October 21-27, 2018 as Opioid Addiction Awareness Week in Michigan.