Institute on Substance Use Disorders

June 22, 2023 | 8:30 AM-4 PM 

 Charleston Area CVB 
375 Meeting Street | Charleston, SC 

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 17 million U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2020. In 2019 alone, there were 49,860 cases of opioid-related deaths. Guiding patients with substance use disorder toward the path to recovery—as well as preventing addiction rates from growing—requires substantial effort, especially given the stigma surrounding addiction. But addiction is a disease, not a behavior. And it’s a disease pharmacists can help fight.  
The SCPhA 2nd Annual Institute on Substance Use Disorders 2023 explores the pharmacist and technician’s role in addressing and preventing addiction in a healthy way. In its inaugural offering of the institute, SCPhA recruited top experts in the nation to uncover addiction, decrease the stigma associated with addiction, emphasize soft skills, and manage difficult conversations. From recommending holistic approaches to cultivating an empathetic culture toward addiction, the education that participants receive here will equip them to provide effective and top of the line care for the patients in their community.

Event Speakers

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Thayra Rios Schad, PharmD

University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Community Residency Program


Assessing Substance Use Disorder and the Role of the Community Pharmacist

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Robert B. Borucki, MD

Board Certified Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine, Aero-Med, LLC; LRADAC


The Stigma of Addiction

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Rubin Aujla, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina


Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Erika Tillery, PharmD, BCPP, BCGP, FASCP

Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy


Saving Lives with Naloxone: A Vital Tool in Pharmacy Practice

Kelly Clark, PharmD

Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy


Saving Lives with Naloxone: A Vital Tool in Pharmacy Practice

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Bobby Brazzell

Executive Director, Midlands Recovery Center


Reducing Stigma Through Language of Recovery


Want to get a glimpse into what our Institute on Substance Use Disorders entails? Take a glance at photos from our past Institutes!

Registration Fees

Early Bird Pricing-Until May 22nd

Regular Pricing- May 22nd and later

2023 PricingEarly BirdRegular

Registration includes participation in all sessions and breakfast. A break for lunch will be provided, and lunch is on participant’s own.

Student Registration includes participation in all sessions and breakfast; no Continuing Education credit. A break will be provided, and lunch is on participant’s own.

Bundle and Save!

Sign up for SCPhA’s Annual Convention and receive a $25 discount on SUD Institute registration. *Code will apply to SUD Institute Registration*

Step 1- Register for SCPhA Annual Convention

Step 2- Contact SCPhA for coupon code for SUD Institute

Contact us via phone 803.354.9977 or email at

Hotel Reservations

SCPhA’s group rate of $249 per night will be available until May 22 or until rooms sell out, whichever comes first. The hotel books up fast, so make your reservation today by calling 843.722.0600 or click here to make your reservation online!  Online code: SCPHARMACY23  

Please note: Registering for this event does not automatically register you for the hotel. You must reserve your room for the hotel separately.  Destination charge is $2.16. plus tax per night. The hotel’s cancellation policy is 7 days prior to arrival date. Deposit will be forfeited if reservations are cancelled less than 7 days prior to arrival. Current overnight parking charges for in-house guests are as follows (subject to change): $20.00 per night for garage self-parking, and $32.00 per night for valet parking. Separate parking charges will apply for day guests.