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.

Recent News

The Role of Dental Education in Preventing Opioid Prescription Drug Misuse

ADEA’s Office of Policy, Research and Diversity has published a policy brief that demonstrates academic dentistry’s contributions to combating the opioid crisis; the four-page publication is available online and will be onsite in printed form at the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition.

March 14, 2018 | ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education

UAB School of Dentistry on front lines of combating opioid epidemic

At the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, professors are taking the lead in the dental field to combat the growing opioid epidemic in hopes that their measures will be translated into other practices and fields across the state and country.

February 7, 2018 | UAB News

Dentists Work to Ease Patients’ Pain With Fewer Opioids

Researchers at The University of Utah School of Dentistry have preliminary results from a first-of-its-kind pilot study that integrates comprehensive oral health care with treatment for substance use disorder. These researchers believe that this novel approach to treatment could curb the national opioid epidemic and fundamentally reshape the way we think about addiction.

January 30, 2018 | University of Utah Health

On a Mission: The tragic loss of a son to opioids has a VCU oral surgeon advocating for change in how doctors administer painkillers

In his research, Dr. Omar Abubaker realized that there’s no one reason behind the epidemic, and there’s no magic bullet to stem the tide. It’s a coalescing of numerous factors, as detailed in the White House Commission on Opioids report, which “put it together for me,” he says. VCU has changed curriculum in response to the crisis.

December 7, 2017 | Richmond Magazine

ADEA Resources

2017 ADEA Opioid Legislation Chart ADEA SAMHSA Summit (200px)  
2017 ADEA Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Post-SAMHSA Summit Interviews
First-ever Regional ADEA–SAMHSA Summit on the Opioid Epidemic (Includes resources.)
ADEA State Legislation Map   ADEA State Regulation Map
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