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Substance Use Disorders

Overview

The ADA works closely with government agencies, public health leaders and others to ensure the problems associated with substance use disorders are addressed at the community, individual and professional levels. These efforts include:

  • Raising public awareness about the oral health consequences of alcohol and drug abuse;
  • Ensuring dentists are knowledgeable about the oral health problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse and the complications that could arise when treating patients with an undisclosed substance use disorder;
  • Encouraging advanced training for dentists to learn how to counsel parents about the proper storage and disposal of prescription drugs and recognize when a patient may be seeking opioid medications for non-medical purposes (and know what to do when that occurs); and
  • 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).

Letters & Testimony

  • August 26, 2013Letter (PDF) expressing support for National Recovery Month 2013.
  • May 31, 2013Coalition letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to support H.R. 2130, the Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Act of 2013.
  • January 24, 2013Presentation (PDF) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee regarding the public health impact of rescheduling hydrocodone-containing combination drug products (HCCs) from Schedule III (C-III) to Schedule II (C-II).
  • November 12, 2012Letter (PDF) responding to questions from Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV about dentistry’s role in preventing the diversion, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs.
  • October 15, 2012Coalition letter (PDF) to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the public health impact of rescheduling hydrocodone-containing combination drug products (HCCs) from Schedule III (C-III) to Schedule II (C-II).
  • September 25, 2012Press release (PDF) on dentistry’s efforts to help curb drug abuse.
  • September 25, 2012Letter (PDF) expressing support for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative 2012.
  • September 25, 2012Letter (PDF) expressing support for the Partnership at DrugFree.org’s Medicine Abuse Project 2012.
  • August 2, 2012Letter (PDF) expressing support for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Recovery Month 2012.
  • May 21, 2012Letter (PDF) urging the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to mark up H.R. 5711, the Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Act of 2012, and forwarded to the full House with a unanimous recommendation for passage.

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Washington, DC 20005
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Chicago, IL 60611
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