The New MATE Act from the DEA - The GDA Has You Covered

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has passed a new law requiring all medical practitioners that have a DEA license to get 8 hours of continuing education in opioids. This requirement begins June 27, 2023. See more on this in the FAQ section below.

The GDA recently hosted a 4-part webinar series to help GDA members meet this new requirement. Those recordings are now available 24/7 to watch on-demand. Purchase the entire series or sessions a la carte.

GDA MATE Act Opioid Webinar Series Pricing
$200 - GDA Members
$300 - Non-members

Course Goals & Objectives

  • Describe reasonable standard of care for pain management before, during and after dental care.
  • Explore methods on effectively communicating information on the proper use of opioids and other controlled substances for post-op discomfort and pain management.
  • Identify patients who may be using opioids, cannabis, or other drugs and how to manage them.
  • Provide information that will help the practitioner understand the importance and impact opioids potentially can have on our patient population and dental practice. 

Get full course descriptions below.

  • Course Description - MATE Act - Substance Use Disorders
  • Course Description - MATE Act - Mental Health Disorders and Substance Abuse
  • Course Description - MATE Act - Effective Treatment Planning
  • Course Description - MATE Act - Pain Management and Substance Misuse

About Our Presenter


J. William "Bill" Claytor, Jr. DDS, MAGD

Executive Director - North Carolina Caring Dental Professionals
  • J. William "Bill" Claytor, Jr., DDS, MAGD

MATE Act Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does this new DEA training requirement affect me?
  • What am I required to do?
  • How much time do I have to comply?
  • How will I know what courses will satisfy the requirement?
  • Will the GDA offer eligible training?
  • How will DEA enforce this requirement?
  • How do I demonstrate compliance?
  • Will I have to complete the eight hours of training on a cyclical basis?
  • Do recent dental school graduates have to complete this additional training?
  • Do the trainings have to be for continuing education credit?
  • I have multiple DEA registrations. Do I have to complete eight hours of training for each one?
  • Do I have to use specific training providers? Will ADA CERP credits count? GDA Credits?
  • Will training completed prior to the law’s passage count toward the new requirement?
  • Does the eight hours of training have to occur in one session?
  • Will training credits accepted for state licensure count toward the new federal requirement?
  • Can Georgia impose additional training requirements?
  • Am I required to complete training on controlled substance topics that are outside of my scope of practice?
  • Where can I find additional information?