Resources for Dentists as Opioid Crisis Declared Public Health Emergency

With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 26 declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, CDA reminds dentists, who prescribe approximately 11 percent of prescription opioids annually,of the resources available to them.

CDA’s online opioid resource guide at is regularly updated with links to resources as they are published. One resource to help dentists comply with California’s Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, or CURES, is the CDA Practice Support guide “Controlled Substances Prescribing and Dispensing.” CDA members can use this guide to assist them in complying with all laws and regulations related to prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. In addition to CURES-specific requirements, the guide includes sections on reporting the theft or loss of drugs and forms, disposal of controlled substances and required elements on drug labels.

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