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Addiction seminar set for June 15-20

May 19, 2014

By Kelly Soderlund

Salt Lake City—Sessions on traumatic brain injury and addiction, current drug trends and cultures and recovery strategies for chemically dependent patients top the agenda for the 63rd annual session of the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.

The six-day school is scheduled for June 15-20 and has sections for dentists, pharmacists, nurses and physicians, among others. The goal is to educate medical professionals about addiction within themselves and their colleagues; teach how to spot and handle it in their patients; and provide training and resources for interventions, treatment and professional guidance.  

Featured topics this year include: 

  • "Stark Raving Crazy: The Dangers of Synthetic Drugs," presented by Dr. Pat Sammon, emeritus professor at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry; 
  • "Clinical Spirituality in the Treatment of Addictive Diseases," presented by Dr. Ed Reading, a Catholic priest who works for the Professional Assistance Program of New Jersey. 

The American Dental Association has taken an active role in supporting well-being among dentists and sends a staff representative to the Utah School, which allows the Association to work with constituent dentist well-being program directors to better serve their needs. For information on the program and how to register, visit medicine.utah.edu/uas/.

Those with questions can contact Dr. Murray at dent74@aol.com, the University of Utah's Susan Langston, at Susan.Langston@hsc.utah.edu, or Alison Siwek, ADA manager of dental health and wellness, at siweka@ada.org.