Pledge to End Opioid Abuse
In support of U.S. Surgeon Gen. Vivek H. Murthy’s national Turn the Tide campaign, the American Dental Association is asking dentists everywhere to take an online pledge to help curb the widespread abuse of opioid pain medications.
The Turn the Tide campaign aims “to increase professional awareness about opioids abuse and mobilize health care professionals to improve their prescribing practices.” The pledge reads as follows.
As health care professionals, we believe that we have the unique power to end the opioid crisis. We pledge to:
- Educate ourselves to treat pain safely and effectively
- Screen our patients for opioid use disorder and provide or connect them with evidence-based treatment
- Talk about and treat addiction as a chronic illness, not a moral failing
“The ADA is asking dentists everywhere to take that pledge, regardless of whether you prescribe opioid pain medications or not,” ADA President Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays urged in an email to members. “The Turn the Tide pledge is another small way to show how we, as a profession, are committed to stemming the tide of opioid abuse that has been devastating our families and communities.”