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

ASDA Pulse

Recommendations for Co-Prescription of Opioids and Naloxone in the Dental Office PDF

This paper lists and discusses factors that relate to the decision concerning prescription of opioids and the co-prescription of naloxone. It also attempts to provide a guideline for such prescriptions.

January 26, 2021  |  ASDA Pulse

Opioid Dental ProcedureAssociation of Opioid Use With Pain and Satisfaction After Dental Extraction

In this quality improvement study of 329 patients who underwent either surgical or routine extractions, patients who used opioids after the procedure reported higher levels of pain compared with nonopioid users. Those who did not use opioids reported similar satisfaction levels as the opioid users.

March 13, 2020  |  JAMA Network Open

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The Final Report on Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.

May 9, 2019 | Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force

ADEA Resources

JDE logo (200x115px) Dental Schools Addiction Education  Regional Summit Proceedings JDE logo (200x115px)
Curricular and Clinical Approaches to Addressing the Opioid Epidemic  PDF Dental Schools Addiction Education Regional Summit Proceedings  PDF Effect on Dental Hygiene Students of a Substance Use Simulation Conducted with Nursing Students 
ADEA Policy Brief: Opioids   JDE logo (200x115px) JDE logo (200x115px)
The Role of Dental Education in the Prevention of Opioid Prescription Drug Misuse Confronting the Opioid Epidemic: How Dental Schools Can Lead  

Massachusetts Dental Schools Respond to the Prescription Opioid Crisis: A Statewide Collaboration
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Post-SAMHSA Summit Interviews

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 State Regulation Map
opioid guidelines  
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 Dental Opioid Guidelines - Center for Opioid Research and Education  PDF

Additional Resources 

Cecile A. Feldman, D.M.D., M.B.A. Harold K. Tu, DMD, MD, FACS Pills (200x110px)
Op-Ed: For Some Dentists, Prescribing Opioids Reflexively is a Bad Habit  UNM Faculty Member Appointed to New Federal Pain Management Task Force  Study: Ibufprofen, Acetaminophen More Effective Than Opioids in Treating Dental Pain 
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Five Different Solutions to Mitigate Overprescribing Opioid Medications  Military Health System Communications Office: There is Hope  SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator 
SAMHSA TIP 54 SAMHSA Overdose Prevention Toolkit   UB Prescriber Training Program  
TIP 54: Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or In Recovery From Substance Use Disorders  SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit

Opioid Prescriber Training Program, University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy
ADA Opioid Abuse Information
ADA Webpage on Prescription Opioid Abuse