Dental Education on the Opioid Epidemic
Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue in the United States. Results from the
2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that 3.3 million people over age 12, and an estimated 239,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17, abused prescription pain relievers in 2016. Common prescribers of opioids—internal medicine physicians, primary care physicians and dentists—must have ready access to the
tools and resources required to identify and address addiction problems with their patients.
Dentists Work to Ease Patients’ Pain With Fewer Opioids
Paul Moore, B.S., D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., M.P.H., a dentist and pharmacologist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, studies the relative usefulness of ibuprofen and other NSAIDs in acute pain management, and worked on a recent update of the American Dental Association’s prescribing guidelines for opioids. It was the national group’s first update on the topic in a decade.
October 24, 2017 | Pain Medicine News
After losing a son to opioids, an oral surgeon fights to change how his profession deals with addiction
Since completing his addiction studies program last year, Dr. Omar Abubaker has spoken to hundreds of dentists at conferences and smaller professional association meetings. He’s also conducted research on whether prescribers’ knowledge of addiction impacts the size of their prescriptions. And he’s retooled VCU’s four-year curriculum to focus more heavily on addiction.
October 17, 2017 | STAT News
First-ever Regional ADEA–SAMHSA Summit on the Opioid Epidemic
“We need all the health professions working together to have the effect we want on the opioid epidemic,” says Denice Stewart, D.D.S., ADEA Chief Policy Officer, in her opening remarks at the Dental Schools Addiction Education Summit for SAMHSA Regions III and IV* held on Aug. 30 in Washington, DC.
October 11, 2017 | ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education