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University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies promises full lineup of speakers and workshops

April 01, 2013

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

—Sessions on the neurophysiology of addiction, preventing a relapse and whether dental professionals are more susceptible to addiction top the agenda for the 62nd annual session of the University of Utah School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies.

Dr. Murray 

Salt Lake City

The six-day school is scheduled for June 16-21 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, how to spot and handle it in their patients and training and resources for interventions, treatment and professional guidance. It also helps them understand that not all is lost in their career and their personal lives if they seek help for drug or alcohol dependency.

“Today there are few people, professions or occupations that are not impacted by alcoholism and drug addiction. Dentistry is no exception,” said Dr. John Murray, a New Jersey dentist who helps lead the dental section at the school. “From the addicted patient to the impaired professional, addiction cuts a wide swath across our profession. If you want or need to learn more about the subject then the Utah School is the place to be in June. You won't be disappointed.”

New topics this year include:

  • “Synthetics: The New Face of Drug Abuse,” presented by Patrick Sammon, Ph.D.
  • “The Neurophysiology of Addiction,” presented by Kevin McCauley, M.D.
  • “Comparing and Contrasting the DNA of an Addicted and Nonaddicted Dentist,” presented by Dr. William Claytor.

The ADA has taken an active role in supporting well-being among dentists and will hold the Conference on Dentist Health and Well-Being on Sept. 19-20 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. The ADA also continues to hold webinars on treating pain and opioid addiction through a sub-award from the American Academy of Addictive Psychiatry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which received a three-year grant to create webinars and training on treating pain and opioid addiction.

The ADA will also send a staff representative to the Utah school, which helps the Association design dentist well-being programs.

Tuition is $410 and participants are eligible to receive 26 hours of continuing education credits. For information on the program and how to register, visit Those with questions can contact Dr. Murray at, the University of Utah's Susan Langston at, or Alison Siwek, ADA manager of dental health and wellness, at