MSU Extension launches opioid, substance use disorder community education program

Free community presentations are available to educate communities on how they can promote prevention and recovery.

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Michigan State University Extension, Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine and the Northwest Health Department of Michigan are offering opioid misuse prevention education to communities across the state through the Michigan Substance Use Prevention, Education, and Recovery (MISUPER) project.

MiSUPER’s community education presentations aim to empower Michigan communities to prevent opioid misuse and support people in recovery. A presentation is available to rural community groups and can vary in length from 30 to 60 minutes. People will learn alternatives to opioid use and recovery strategies.   

Eric, a recovery coach from Otsego County, started using opioids because of an injury and became dependent on them.

“It can happen to anyone,” he said. “I have learned a lot. What I have learned is that people need support and that if you have other alternative therapy, such as physical activity, meditation, medical assisted treatment, therapy and family support you can recover. Changing your lifestyle and seeking help is important. If you have air in your lungs, you have a fighting chance.”

MiSUPER presentations highlight stories like Eric’s, of hope and recovery, and address several topics related to opioid misuse prevention:

  • What are opioids, and what impact do opioids have on the body?
  • How has the opioid crisis impacted Michigan communities?
  • What treatment, recovery and alternative options to opioids are available?
  • How can I minimize a loved one’s risk of an opioid overdose and support their recovery?
  • What can we do to prevent opioid misuse and address the opioid crisis?

Two statewide webinar presentations on the topics mentioned above are scheduled on September 11, from 10am to 11am and on September 14, from 6pm to 7pm.  The webinars are free and open to all. Register online for a webinar to receive meeting information and reminders.

To learn more about MiSUPER’s opioid misuse prevention efforts and to request a presentation for your community, organization, or coalition, visit the MiSUPER website at canr.msu.edu/misuper.

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