ADA Supports Two House Bills To Combat Opioid Crisis.

by Billy Tarpley on May 16, 2018

Reprinted from ADA Morning Huddle 5/16/18:

The ADA News (5/15, Garvin) reports that as part of ongoing efforts “to combat opioid misuse and ensure safer prescribing practices,” the American Dental Association is supporting two billsintroduced by Congress this month. In a May 14 letter to the House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-MA), the ADA thanked the legislators for supporting H.R. 5776, the Medicare and Opioid Safe Treatment Act, and H.R. 5774, the Combatting Opioid Abuse for Care in Hospitals Act. “We believe your legislative proposals include numerous provisions which would complement our ongoing efforts to keep prescription opioid pain medications from becoming a source of harm in our communities,” wrote ADA President Joseph P. Crowley and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin.

For more information about opioids, visit ADA.org/opioids. In addition, the ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing helps dental practitioners identify and treat patients with drug addiction, prevent drug diversion, and properly manage and prescribe controlled substances.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office will host a webinar today to help providers care for older adults with substance use disorders. The free webinar, “Supporting Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders Webinar,” will take place 12-1:30 pm EST.

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