Health system partners with universities for opioid training


Three Michigan universities are teaming up with a West Michigan health system to tackle the state's opioid crisis through physician training.

The University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University are working with the Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health on training more physicians as addiction medicine specialists.

Officials said there aren't enough specially trained doctors to meet demand — fewer than 200 statewide and only one in the Upper Peninsula — as the number of opioid-related deaths has reached an all-time high.

Program organizers said they will help physicians fulfill the requirements through online courses, clinical experiences and leadership opportunities.

The doctors will also receive training to treat other addictions, including methamphetamines and alcohol.

The program has received a two-year, $1.5 million grant from federal and state sources.

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