Dental Education on the Opioid Epidemic

Paul Moore, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Harold K. Tu, M.D., D.M.D, speak during the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

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.

Recent News

Op-Ed: For Some Dentists, Prescribing Opioids Reflexively is a Bad Habit

At the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and dental schools across the nation, we are educating a new generation of providers who are keenly aware of the deadly effects of opioid abuse, who, hopefully, will never develop the habit of prescribing opioids reflexively.

May 8, 2018 | NJ Spotlight

UMN faculty member appointed to new federal pain management task force

Harold K. Tu, DMD, MD, FACS, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, was appointed to the new, federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.

May 2, 2018 | University of Minnesota News

Study: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen more effective than opioids in treating dental pain

Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen are better at easing dental pain, according to new research conducted with the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.

April 26, 2018 | The Daily, Case Western Reserve University

ADEA Resources

JDE logo (200x115px) ADEA Policy Brief: Opioids JDE logo (200x115px)
Effect on Dental Hygiene Students of a Substance Use Simulation Conducted with Nursing Students The Role of Dental Education in the Prevention of Opioid Prescription Drug Misuse Confronting the Opioid Epidemic: How Dental Schools Can Lead
JDE logo (200x115px) 2017 ADEA Opioid Legislation Chart
Massachusetts Dental Schools Respond to the Prescription Opioid Crisis: A Statewide Collaboration 2017 ADEA Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Post-SAMHSA Summit Interviews
ADEA SAMHSA Summit (200px)   ADEA State Legislation Map   ADEA State Regulation Map
First-ever Regional ADEA–SAMHSA Summit on the Opioid Epidemic (Includes resources.) ADEA United States Interactive Legislative Tracking Map (Select "Prescription Drug Monitoring" from the drop-down menu.) ADEA United States Interactive Regulatory Tracking Map (Select "Prescription Drug Monitoring" from the drop-down menu.)
ADEA Webinar: Opioid Abuse in the U.S. and Its Impact on Dental Education    

Additional Resources 

SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator   SAMHSA TIP 54
SAMHSA Overdose Prevention Toolkit  

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or In Recovery From Substance Use Disorders

SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

UB Prescriber Training Program
ADA Opioid Abuse Information

Opioid Prescriber Training Program, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy 

ADA Webpage on Prescription Opioid Abuse