Upcoming Forum Will Discuss Opioids, Minority Health

by Billy Tarpley on April 17, 2018

The ADA News (4/16) reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity are hosting the “Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities” on Wednesday, April 25, from 10 am to noon ET “to discuss the opioid crisis and how to better address behavioral health in minority populations.” The article notes that “the forum will feature public health leaders, health care professionals and community members to talk about challenges and solutions around opioid use and behavioral health, specifically those that affect minority communities.” The event is taking place in Washington, but it will be livestreamed and will also be posted on the HHS YouTube page shortly after the event ends.

Separately, the Washington Examiner (4/15, Leonard) discusses the roots of the opioid crisis and policy responses to combat it. The article notes, for example, that the National Institutes of Health “said it was investing not only in better treatment for addiction, but in developing nonaddictive treatments to pain.”

The April issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association focuses on the subject of opioids and dentistry. The four cover articles examine opioid prescribing patterns among US dentists; disparities in opioid prescriptions for Medicaid dental patients; the benefits and adverse events associated with acute pain relief from opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; and prescription monitoring programs.

For more information about opioids, including upcoming webinars and prescriber tips, visit ADA.org/opioids.

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