Detroit Opioid Prevention Collaborative

We're facilitating a community partnership that provides responsible opioid prescribing training and education for clinicians in Michigan.

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Altarum is working with the University of Michigan and officials in the Detroit metropolitan area to help clinicians improve opioid prescribing practices, increase early identification of opioid misuse and abuse, and increase access to naloxone and substance abuse treatment.

Our Approach

The initiative is known as the Detroit Opioid Prevention Collaborative, and Altarum leads the Collaborative’s work on responsible opioid prescribing. We conduct continuing medical education for providers on opioid prescribing and patient screening and referrals for opioid misuse and abuse. We’re also experts in integrating prescription monitoring programs into clinical practice, and are helping physicians in the Detroit area use the Michigan Automated Prescription System to promote responsible prescribing. 


Altarum’s work with the Collaborative will result in 350 community providers learning evidence-based practices for opioid prescribing, using the state’s prescription monitoring database, and increasing screening rates for opioid misuse and abuse. And because of coordination with stakeholders in law enforcement and community organizations, people at risk of opioid abuse or overdose are more likely to get life-saving treatment sooner, as well as access to long-term recovery services.

Detroit Opioid Prevention Collaborative Contact

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Gregory Makris

Gregory Makris  - MD

Medical Director, Appropriate Care

Areas of Expertise
  • Continuing Medical Education
  • Electronic Health Record Integration
  • Quality Improvement & Clinical Decision Support

Greg is Altarum’s medical director for the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network—part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative. He develops evidence-based guidelines and best practices for practitioners in clinical accuracy and EHR integration. He also administers Altarum's continuing medical education program. Greg holds a medical doctorate from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.