Spectrum Health is committed to addressing the opioid crisis in meaningful and effective ways. There is no denying the scope and impact of this devastating epidemic. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in the United States involve a prescription opioid. Michigan ranks in the top 20% of states for lives lost. With these overwhelming statistics, nearly everyone has been touched in some way by this epidemic.
As new legislation has been enacted, Spectrum Health’s approach has been to inform and educate our patients, members and employees on the potential danger of opioids. We are continually working to understand and implement the legislation with the goal of always providing the best and safest treatment to our patients. We also see it as our responsibility to educate the greater community about the risks associated with prescription opioid medication and to partner with organizations to provide safe and responsible ways to dispose of prescription drugs. Through a collaborative effort, we hope to decrease the negative effects of the opioid epidemic on our communities.