Altarum manages and evaluates all aspects of the program from training law enforcement officers and community organizations on how to administer naloxone to enrolling and registering pharmacies in Michigan’s naloxone Standing Order program. In addition, we lead 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.