While the opioid crisis knows no demographic boundaries, underserved adults in rural areas often face additional challenges and risk factors, such as isolation and unemployment.
Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, MiSUPER is a two-year collaborative project from MSU Extension, the MSU College of Human Medicine Family Medicine (MSU-CHM) and the Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW). The overall goal of the MiSUPER project is to increase awareness of opioid misuse in rural communities regarding prevention, addiction treatment options, and recovery support so that community members and healthcare professionals can recognize signs of misuse, suggest options for professional treatments and support those in recovery.
The project aims to create and deliver evidence-based trainings on opioid misuse prevention, treatment, and recovery, ultimately reaching 1,000 rural community members through 25 trainings and 150 health professionals through an additional 10 trainings. Through MiSUPER, MSU Extension will help develop standardized state-of-the-art trainings and print and online materials addressing the epidemic of opioid use disorders in rural Michigan.
MiSUPER brings together highly skilled experts in OUD-related issues and rural health on the medical side with community-based professionals charged with addressing the clinical and social impacts from such use. The project builds on MSU Extension’s current rural opioid misuse prevention educational initiatives through the State Opioid Response and includes new staff and different outreach approaches to expand the focus to include treatment options and recovery.
In Michigan . . .
people die every day from opioid overdose.
of Michigan's overdose deaths are attributable to opioids.
people died from opioid-related causes in 2016.
Upcoming Mental Health and Chronic Pain Events
October 6, 2020 – November 10, 2020 Zoom Webinar
Online Chronic Pain PATH is a series of (6 Weekly Sessions) online sessions designed to help participants manage their pain.
October 27, 2020 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Negative thoughts provide a background of constant worry that makes it more difficult to be self-aware and to relax. Research shows that having more positive thoughts can influence how you see things and how you handle stress.
November 3, 2020 – December 15, 2020 Zoom
Online Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) is a series of six weekly online Zoom sessions designed to help participants manage their pain.
November 9, 2020 – November 12, 2020
Stress Less with Mindfulness introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress.