Those with drug addictions in Utah will soon have a place to go for dental care: The University of Utah's School of Dentistry.
The school has received one of 16 federal grants to serve groups that often are ignored. The school announced the $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration on Thursday.
Glen Hanson, interim dean, said in a news release that substance abusers have notoriously poor oral health, "whether it's tooth decay and loss caused by methamphetamine abuse, or infections and diseases in the mouth related to other drug problems."
The grant also will give dental students the experience of working with substance abusers, who often have complex problems, he said.