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Responding to the Opioid Epidemic Across the Medical Education Continuum

Guide Purpose

The AAMC encourages medical schools to integrate competencies relevant to addressing the opioid epidemic across the four years of medical school.  This guide is a response to the AAMC's call to action.  Read more on "Addressing the Opioid Epidemic" from the AAMC.

The AAMC offers a collection of resources entitled "Opioids Education." The objectives of this collection are:

  • To highlight examples of how pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid curricula can be integrated as a standard practice of care in medical education, clerkships, residencies, and hospital/clinic practice.
  • To provide deans, faculty, staff, and other institutional leaders with tangible, practice-based, peer-reviewed resources for improving practice in pain management, addiction medicine, and opiate education.
  • To recognize faculty developers for their educational scholarship in pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid education.
  • To foster collaboration and research pain management, addiction medicine, and opioid education.


Overview and Quick Links

Opioid Overdose Statistics for South Carolina

Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths

Opioid overdose deaths in South Carolina increased proportionately with national rates through 2013. Since then, the rate has increased from 5.2 deaths per 100,000 persons to 13.1 deaths per 100,000 persons in 2016—equivalent to 247 and 628 deaths. From 2013 to 2016, deaths related to synthetic opoids (mainly fentanyl) and heroin-related deaths rose from 50 to 237 deaths and from 32 to 115 deaths, respectively. (Source: NIDA)

General Opioid Resources

For an overview of resources not specific to medical education, visit our Opioid Resources guide here:

OPIOID RESOURCES (general guide)


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