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New book focuses on opiates, other substance use

August 10, 2015

By David Burger

The ADA in July released a book that aims to keep substance-using patients safe and avoid exposing dentists' practices to risk.

"The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing" helps dental practitioners identify and treat patients with substance use disorders, prevent drug diversion and properly manage and prescribe controlled substances.

Book editor Dr. Michael O'Neil, vice chairman of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, said the book is in response to high demand from dentists who have questions about how to deal with substance-abusing patients. "We're in an epidemic of substance use and misuse," he said. "There's a lack of information on what to do in many of these circumstances."

The book helps dentists and staff:

  • Detect substance use disorders and deter drug diversion.
  • Treat patients with SUD and complex analgesic and sedation needs.
  • Interview and counsel options for patients with SUD.
  • Understand federal drug regulations.

Commonly used illicit, prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as alcohol and tobacco, are also covered.

Special features include:

  • Clinical tools to aid in the identification, interviewing, intervention, referral and treatment of SUD.
  • Basic elements of SUD, acute pain and sedation management and drug diversion.
  • Checklists to help prevent drug diversion.
  • A chapter on impaired dental professionals.
  • A continuing education test worth 5 CE credits.

The book (item P035) is $59.95 for Association members and $89.95 for non-members. Readers can receive a 15 percent discount off the book and all ADA Catalog products by using promo code 15116 by Oct. 16.

To order, call 1-800-947-4746 or visit