This year marks the 19th volume of Jefferson’s annual publication spearheaded by Internal Medicine residents and supported by its fellows. Our Editorial Board includes Neha, Debbie, Anita, Brianna, and myself. Our mission is to further medical knowledge by sharing each other’s observations and studies both through our publication, which you can find online, as well as through annual discussion at Grand Rounds.

This year, we’ve chosen to focus on our roles as providers in the midst of the National Opioid Epidemic. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported that the number of opioid-related overdose deaths from both illegal and prescription opioids has risen in our state over the last 15 years. This information is available for each state online. While addiction has been a nationwide issue for centuries, provider practices and societal attitudes in relation to opioids has greatly varied. We’ll introduce you to our panelists, giving a very brief overview of the history of opioid use in our country, then turning the discussion over to them.