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Grant to create pain management training

February 06, 2012

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News Staff

The American Dental Association has received a sub-award under a three-year grant to create webinars and training on treating pain and opioid addiction.

The grant was awarded to the American Academy of Addictive Psychiatry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The AAAP, in turn, sub-awarded the money to several health organizations, including the ADA. Over the next three years, the ADA will receive a sub-award of $33,000 per year.

The center is paying for the Prescriber's Clinical Support System for the Appropriate Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain and Opioid-related Addiction, which is a collaborative effort among a handful of medical associations that will provide training and education on the topic.

The AAAP initially contacted the ADA Council on Dental Practice to sign a letter of support to include in their application for the grant and asked that the ADA be a sub-awardee. The two associations join the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine, American Medical Association, International Nurses Society of Addictions and the American Society for Pain Management Nursing in receiving money.

The purpose of the grant is to develop a free national mentoring network that will provide clinical support to dentists and other medical professionals in the appropriate use of opioids to treat chronic pain and opioid-related addiction.

“The ADA already keeps dentists informed on pain management and addiction issues through the Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness and other resources through CDP,” said Dr. Mark Zust, CDP chair. “This grant will allow the Association to provide even more resources through different avenues. Dentists can learn about these issues from the comfort of their offices by viewing webinars or listening in on conference calls.”

Upcoming ADA webinars and training include:

  • Chronic Opioid Therapy in Dentistry
    Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Crandall
    Estimated: June
  • National Issues Conference Call: Examining Prescription Drug Abuse and the Role of the Dental Professional
    Speakers: Bob Burns, Dr. Bill Kane and Dr. Brett Kessler
    Estimated: February 22
  • Management of Pain in the Chemically Dependent Patient
    Annual Session Course (or another webinar)
    Speaker: Dr. Bill Kane
    Estimated: October
  • A Review of Prescription Opioid Abuse for the Dental CommunityWebinar
    Speaker: Richard Denisco, M.D.
    Estimated: April

For more information on the grant or the webinars, visit