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Opioids and Oral Health

  • 2322 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Dear Colleague,

As we know, the misuse of opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone and oxycodone—is an acute public health crisis. As prescribers of these pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm. We are all
familiar with fatal drug overdoses, an issue that CDC continues to highlight as it remains unabated.  However, if those problems weren’t bad enough, those who routinely use opioids often face troubling and serious oral health conditions.

Oral health problems are very prevalent among those who misuse drugs. There is no doubt that drug addiction, particularly addiction to opiates, is a public health crisis that crosses boundaries. While it is skyrocketing overdose deaths remains a primary
focus, we cannot lose sight of health concerns often associated with opioid misuse.

Please send your staff or interns to this informative panel discussion and briefing on Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 am in Rayburn 2322 to learn opioids and oral healthcare with leading experts:

  • Dr. Earle Simpson, Executive Director and Dentist, Saving People’s Smiles Dental Center

  • Tammy Talbot, Practice Manager

  • Scott LePlante, Recovering opioid user

  • Rhonda Simpson, Counsel

  • Additional Panelists May Be Added

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ann McLane Kuster
Member of Congress