Substance Use Disorders
The ADA is working with lawmakers, public health leaders, and others to address the problems associated with substance use disorders at the community, individual and professional levels.
- Supporting advanced professional training on the relationship between substance use disorders, oral health, and dental care (including model opioid prescribing practices in the context of modern day drug seeking behavior).
- Strengthening peer assistance programs designed to help impaired dentists get into treatment before they have an alcohol- or drug-related incident (and help them establish some measure of long-term stability in their lives).
- Investing in research addressing the relationship between substance use disorders, oral health, and dental care.
The Association's priorities are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) (Members Only) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Prescription Opioid Abuse
Please visit ADA.org/opioids to learn what dentistry is doing to help prevent the widespread abuse and misuse of prescription opioid pain relievers.
Letters and Testimony
- April 11, 2016—Letter (PDF) addressing the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) proposal to expand the scope of federal regulations governing the confidentiality of patient records associated with a substance use disorder, diagnosis, treatment, or referral for treatment.
- February 24, 2016—Letter (PDF) urging Senate leadership to bring several provisions in S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, to the floor for a vote by the full Senate.
- February 24, 2016—Letters urging the House Committees on Education and Workforce (PDF), Energy and Commerce (PDF), and the Judiciary (PDF) to issue favorable reports on several provisions in H.R. 953, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015, so they may be considered for a vote by the full House of Representatives.
- October 21, 2015—Letter (PDF) outlining the Association's commitment to a public-private partnership with the White House to help prevent the abuse, misuse, and abuse of prescription opioid medications.
- September 9, 2014—Letter (PDF) expressing support for National Recovery Month 2014, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
- November 12, 2012—Letter (PDF) responding to questions from Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV about dentistry's role in preventing the diversion, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.
Letters and Testimony reflect the Association's position(s) on specific bills, regulations, and other policy issues, and are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) (Members Only) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Prepared by: Division of Government and Public Affairs
Last Updated: May 19, 2017