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Helping medical students better address the Opioid Crisis

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – January 21, 2021 Today, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) released a series of online educational modules for medical students across the country. This will help close gaps in current educational offerings and ensure future physicians are better prepared to address pain management and addiction medicine.

Supported with a financial contribution from Health Canada, the new curriculum was created by a multidisciplinary team of subject-matter experts and stakeholders. It will train physicians to work with patients to manage pain; educate patients to safely store and dispose of opioids; openly communicate the possible side effects of opioids; support the care of persons living with opioid use disorder and assess the patient's profile and adjust the prescription accordingly.


The AFMC is grateful for the support of the Government of Canada and our contributing partners. This new curriculum will be implemented across all medical schools in Canada and ensure that future physicians are better prepared to address the opioid crisis.” Dr. Geneviève Moineau, President and CEO of AFMC

 “This new curriculum is a step in the right direction and will help future physicians better inform and educate patients on the proper management of opioids.  It may also draw interest and attention to the complex world of chronic pain management.” Camille Fauteux, Patient collaborator

Quick Facts

  • The surge of overdoses and opioid-related deaths in Canada is a national public health crisis.
  • There have been more than 16,000 apparent opioid-related deaths since 2016.
  • Approximately 11 lives are lost each day because of opioid overdoses.[1]



Founded in 1943, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) represents Canada's 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Our member faculties graduate over 2,700 MDs per year; teach over 11,500 undergraduate medical students; train over 15,000 postgraduate trainees; employ nearly 48,000 full and part-time faculty members and undertake over 3 billion dollars of biomedical and health care research annually.