U-M opioid crisis experts offer free online class

December 1, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The nation is in the grip of an opioid crisis — much of it rooted in the use and overuse of prescription pain medications, but also including illegal drugs such as heroin.

How did the U.S. get to a point where residents consume 80 percent of the world’s opioids despite having only 5 percent of the world’s population? How can individuals solve what some are calling the biggest public health crisis to impact the nation, one that prompted a recent presidential emergency declaration?

U-M’s Office of Academic Innovation, in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, hopes to answer some of these questions for members of the general public through a free online class called a “Teach-Out.”

Starting Dec. 4, experts from across the university will share their research and expertise on opioids and put the epidemic into perspective through videos and written materials available online for anyone to use. For three weeks, participants who register for the free Teach Out can take advantage of the materials in a self-guided way.

Faculty from the U-M Medical School, as well as the School of Public Health, College of Pharmacy, School of Dentistry, School of Social Work and College of Literature, Science and the Arts have contributed. Many of them are affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, Precision Health at U-M and the U-M Injury Prevention Center, all of whch have launched major efforts focused on understanding and stemming the opioid crisis.

Learn more about the Opioid Crisis Teach-Out and register online for free by clicking here.

Website: https://www.coursera.org/learn/opioid-crisis