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

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

STAT News, October 17, 2017
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

SAMHSA Summit group
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

ADEA Resources

2017 ADEA Opioid Legislation Chart
NEW: 2017 ADEA Summary of State Legislation and Regulations Addressing Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse NEW: Post-SAMHSA Summit Interviews
ADEA Webinar: Opioid Abuse in the U.S. and Its Impact on Dental Education
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.)

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