New DEA educational requirement for registered practitioners

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is requiring DEA-registered practitioners to complete eight hours of training on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.

All DEA-registered practitioners who renew their DEA registration on or after June 27, 2023 will be required to check a box affirming they have completed the new training requirement.

This is a one-time training requirement and will not be part of future renewals, according to the DEA. Dentists who prescribe controlled substances are required to register with the DEA.  The eight hours of training can occur in multiple sessions that equal eight hours of training and it can be in a classroom setting, seminar, professional society meeting or virtual.

Option for dentists only

As an accredited continuing education provider through ADA CERP, the ODA is able to provide educational programming that meets the DEA’s education requirement.

An 8-hour course will be presented before the official start of the ODA Annual Session on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Presented by Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., CCP and ODA staff member Chris Moore, this presentation meets both the DEA opioid training requirement and the Ohio State Dental Board’s (OSDB) mandatory opioid CE requirement. Lunch will be provided.

Other courses offered throughout Annual Session and online also meet the DEA’s and OSDB’s requirements.  Look for information stating that a particular course meets the criteria in each course description.

Register for the 8-hour course using the online registration site. On-site registration will not be available for this course.

If attending Annual Session, use the appropriate Registration Code based on your membership category, and add Course Code W10.

  • Course fee for Member Dentists – $210.00
  • Course fee for Non-Member Dentists – $275.00

Dentists not planning to attend any other aspect of Annual Session may register for the course only, using Registration Code WCO or WCN, depending on ADA Membership Status.

  • ADA Member Dentist – Registration Code WCO
    $245 if registered by August 4
    $270 if registered on August 5 or later
  • Non-Member Dentist – Registration Code WCN
    $375 if registered by August 4
    $400 if registered on August 5 or later.


Management of Acute Dental Pain and Appropriate Opioid Prescribing
Thomas Viola, RPh, CCP; Christopher A. Moore, MA
Wednesday, September 20, 2023
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CE Hours: 8
OSDB Category:  Mandatory Opioid Prescribing Education; 2 hours required per biennium, no limit
Fee: Member Dentists – $210; Non-Member Dentists – $275
Course Code W10
Recommended Audience:  Dentists
Support provided by OhioDDS

Management of acute odontogenic pain is accomplished through a clinical approach that successfully incorporates both opioid and non-opioid analgesics. However, moderate to severe dental pain often occurs well after office hours so it is critical to be able to accurately identify a patient’s need for pain control, develop an individualized pain management plan and assess the efficacy of analgesic agents employed.  This program will provide strategies for effectively managing dental pain with opioid and non-opioid analgesics and analgesic adjuvants, while also mitigating associated risks. Special emphasis will be given to appropriate practices for prescribing analgesics as well as identification and treatment of opioid analgesic abuse.  ODA Director of Dental Services Christopher A. Moore, MA will provide information on state and federal regulatory compliance requirements. Lunch is provided during this all-day course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the pharmacology and mechanism of action of opioid and non-opioid analgesics, as well as their potential for abuse.
  • Identify the intended roles of these analgesics in the treatment of acute dental pain, as well as situations which may preclude their use.
  • Discuss best practices for prescribing opioid analgesics as part of an individualized patient pain management plan.
  • Describe techniques useful in recognizing and identifying potential addiction as well as avoiding potential drug diversion.
  • Learn current protocols for the management and treatment of opioid addiction.
  • Examine guidelines for proper storage and disposal of unused dosages.
  • Discuss local anesthetic agents with respect to their mechanisms of action, adverse effects, contraindications and clinical considerations.
  • Differentiate between the two major classes of local anesthetic agents with respect to their distribution, metabolism, adverse effects, drug interactions and contraindications.
  • Specify the various local anesthetic agent combinations most commonly used in dentistry and the rationale for their use in specific clinical situations.
  • Explain the rationale for the use of vasoconstrictors and potential adverse effects.

    Note:  This program meets the complete training requirement for Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registrants. This program also meets the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) requirement of continuing education in opioid prescribing and addiction awareness.

Additional courses that qualify toward the DEA’s requirement will be offered at the ODA Annual Session, including:

“Self Medication: Dental Considerations and Patient Care Planning”
Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., CCP
Thursday, September 21
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Course Code T11

“Street Drugs and Other Substances of Abuse: Patient Considerations”
Thomas A. Viola, R.Ph., CCP
Thursday, September 21
2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Course Code T18

“Mercy or Menace? The Chemistry, Use and Effect of Opiats and Alternatives for Pain Control”
Online only, available September 25-December 31, 2023
Course Code O77


Please contact the Annual Session Department at (614) 486-2700 or by email below.