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ADA urges opioids task force to include dental care in upcoming report

Rockville, Md. — The ADA is asking the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to make sure to include dental care in the group's upcoming research plan for preventing opioid use disorder.

The task force was established to examine the peer-reviewed evidence for certain clinical preventive services — including screenings, counseling and preventive medications — and to grade the value of providing those services in primary care settings. It was also tasked with rating the strength of the evidence for certain interventions in preventing opioid use disorder in people not currently using opioids.

In comments filed Jan. 15 on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's Draft Research Plan for Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder, ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole and Executive Director Kathleen T. O'Loughlin said the Association supports the draft plan but urged the committee to make "all deliberate attempts" to include dental care in its examination of clinical preventive services that can be implemented in primary care settings.