Governance/Business Meetings/Special Events (BGSE)
The opioid epidemic has impacted communities across the United States. Dental education is playing a critical role in addressing this public health crisis. This session will provide key information for schools to use in two areas: 1. findings from an ADEA survey of dental schools will be presented demonstrating how programs have implemented changes in curricula and clinical operations related to pain management and substance use disorders, and 2. ADEA’s engagement with Congress, federal and state government agencies, and other stakeholders to help end the opioid crisis will be described. ADEA has worked to support funding and training of predoctoral and allied dental students to combat the opioid epidemic in underserved communities. These two topics will provide a comprehensive view of how academic dental institutions are addressing the opioid epidemic and promote sharing of successful approaches among schools.