‘Painless: The Opioid Musical’ puts spotlight on opioid use disorder

December 2, 2022  //  FOUND IN: News

Inspired by true stories of opioid addiction and recovery, “Painless: The Opioid Musical” was developed to engage high school students and educate them about opioid use disorder. 

Painless was written by Jacob Ryan Smith, a graduate of the U-M School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD). 

As a part of the Opioid Use Case for the U-M Precision Health Initiative, this program is a collaboration between Michigan OPEN, SMTD, the U-M School of Nursing and U-M School of Public Health.

After several years delay due to COVID-19, the musical was performed for high school students for the first time in September 2022 at Community High School. “Painless” and the performance were covered in a segment on The Today Show last Friday, Nov. 25. 

“Painless” will continue touring and performing in high schools across Michigan in the spring of 2023. 

Painless has been included as an enhancement to the existing high school opioid curriculum for the State of Michigan, and the team will formally evaluate the effect of the program on perceptions of risks of opioids and engagement with the curriculum. For more information and links to stream the full cast album, visit painless.org.