Quarterly e-Newsletter
January 2020
New U-M Addiction Center Video
Accelerating progress, increasing hope. Watch our new video to l earn more about us.
Save the Dates
March 22
Probility Ann Arbor Marathon
The U-M Addiction Center is one of the featured charities for the race. Free race entries are available for individuals in early recovery. Register or donate .
April 19
Big House 5k Presented by Toyota
The U-M Addiction Center is one of the race beneficiaries. Register to join our team , volunteer , or donate . Questions? Contact: [email protected]
April 29
Science on Screen: Beautiful Bo y
Please join us at the Michigan Theater for a screening of the film Beautiful Boy followed by a post-film discussion with our experts. Tickets required.
Visit our website for a full list of events.
Research Highlights
National Focus on Overdose Prevention Should Include Alcohol Too, Study Suggests 

A study conducted by Anne Fernandez, Ph.D. and colleagues showed that among people in treatment for addiction, 90% had a history of alcohol overdose and 80% of the time they were taking other addictive drugs at the time they overdosed. Read more .
Legalized Cannabis Brings New Challenges for Health Care Providers
Marijuana’s growing availability and public acceptance has brought unintended consequence for users - including some who end up needing emergency care.  Read more .
As Opioids Kill More Veterans, Study Shows Treatment Needs
A study, conducted by Allison Lin, M.D., highlights a pressing need to find and provide care to veterans who need help for use of non-prescription opioids, whether or not they are also taking a prescription. Read more .
Opioid-Related Suicides and Overdose Deaths Have More Than Doubled Since 2000
Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. and Amy Bohnert, Ph.D. published a review of the evidence on the links between overdoses, suicides, chronic pain and opioids. Read more .
More than half of people taking cannabis for chronic pain report driving while high
A study led by Erin Bonar, Ph.D. found worrisome statistics around medical cannabis users operating vehicles. Read more .
News Highlights
Michigan Medicine Headlines | It Saved My Life: How U-M Addiction Treatment Services Impacts Those Who Reach Out
A current patient shares his journey to recovery, recalling his experience in our Intensive Outpatient Treatment program as: P rofoundly useful and emotionally transformative ”. Read more.
The Wrap | Interview with Dr. Frederic Blow

Frederic Blow, Ph.D. , Professor and Director of the U-M Addiction Center, discusses common misconceptions about addiction and the key elements of successful treatment and recovery. Listen here .
Altmetric | Almetric Top 100 list in 2019

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in early 2019 by Maureen Walton, M.P.H, Ph.D. and colleagues came in at the top 5% of all discussed research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric. Read more .

Medicine at Michigan | The Opioid Epidemic: Now What?
U-M Addiction Center faculty were featured in a opioid-focused issue of Medicine at Michigan, including innovative approaches to fighting the epidemic. Read more .

Michigan Radio | You can buy it at gas stations, but expert warns the drug Kratom is unregulated and under-researched
Edward Jouney, D.O, joined NPR's Stateside to talk about the possible benefits and dangers of krantom, and what you should know before buying it. Listen here .

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | SafERteens Prevents Youth Violence
Maureen Walton, M.P.H., Ph.D. and colleagues were featured in a CDC spotlight video as a best evidence-based practice for the country on violence prevention. Read more .
Grant Award Highlights
$6.9 million for emergency department-based opioid risk screening and virtual counseling for teens and young adults

This new project, led by Maureen Walton, M.P.H, Ph.D. and Erin Bonar, Ph.D. , will involve health coaches who will connect via video chat to teens and young adults when they're in the hospital for emergency care, in order to spur them to cut back on their use or seek addiction help, when needed. Learn more.

$4.7 million for telehealth-based treatment for adults with both opioid use disorder and chronic pain

This new project, led by Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. and Lewei (Allison) Lin, M.D. , will test a telephone-based “talk therapy” pain management program with people who have both chronic pain and opioid use disorder. Learn more .
Faculty Achievements
Veterans Administration Research Career Scientist Awar

Mark Ilgen, Ph.D. was awarded a Veterans Administration (VA) Research Career Scientist Award - the highest funded level of career recognition for VA Ph.D. researchers. The award recognizes his research on substance use as well as suicide prevention and will fund his VA effort for the next five years. Learn more .
NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase Award

 Lora Cope, Ph.D. was awarded a Joint NIDA-NIAAA Early Career Investigator Showcase Award from the Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-Convention before the Society for Neuroscience. Dr. Cope's work uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study addiction risk and consequences in youth, particularly regarding reward responsivity and inhibitory control. Learn more .
Taubman Emerging Scholar Award

Jonathan Morrow, M.D., Ph.D. , was named a Taubman Emerging Scholar by the Taubman Institute. Dr. Morrow performs research directly inspired by his clinical experience as an addiction psychiatrist. In particular, he is interested in why addiction often accompanies depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric disorders.  Learn more .