Substance Abuse and Well-Being

NYSDA's Committee on Substance Abuse and Well-Being is here to support and assist you, your family or a colleague who may need help with substance abuse, addiction, and related mental health issues. We are only a confidential phone call away.

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New State Law for Opioid Prescriptions

Effective June 27, 2022, under certain circumstances, doctors in outpatient settings prescribing an opioid for pain management may also be required to simultaneously prescribe an opioid antagonist to the patient. This new LAW applies to the first opioid prescription to a patient each year when any one of the following conditions are known to exist:

(a) a history of substance use disorder; or

(b) high dose or cumulative prescriptions that result in ninety morphine milligram equivalents or higher per day; or

(c) concurrent use of opioids and benzodiazepine or nonbenzodiazepine sedative hypnotics.

Each provider's first opioid prescription of the year to a patient is subject to this law. It does not matter if the patient already had received another opioid prescription from a different provider earlier in the year. If it is your first opioid prescription to the patient that year and one of the noted conditions exist, you must also prescribe an opioid antagonist.

Dental Opioid Prescribing

February 17, 2022

The New York State Department of Health has developed a free online training opportunity on Dental Opioid Prescribing Using Health Literacy Concepts. The course will engage and educate dental providers on appropriate prescribing practices to manage acute pain by integrating personal stories with didactic training. This course is appropriate for dentists and their staffs.

Participants can earn 1.5 ADA CERP credits.


2021 Dentist Well-Being Survey Report

February 4, 2022

The American Dental Association released its 2021 Dentist Well-Being Survey ReportThe survey was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time when all occupations faced health, well-being and economic hardship.

Learn more about the various stressors which may affect U.S. dentists today. Topics include: dentist job satisfaction, work environment, and physical, mental and emotional health.

Results from 2021 indicate younger dentists continue to be disproportionately affected by mental and emotional health concerns. Dentists over age 40 are disproportionately affected by physical health concerns, including pain or discomfort while working. Read the full survey report in the ADA Catalog.

ADA News Article

Health and Well Being Survey Report