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.
Campaigns and Initiatives
Please visit ADA.org/rxabuse
to learn about the many campaigns and initiatives the ADA is leveraging to help prevent the abuse, misuse, and abuse of prescription opioids.
Letters and Testimony
- 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.
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- Learn about legislative and regulatory issues that could affect dentists as practitioners, employers, and consumers.
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