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Treating Between the Lines: Understanding Rx and Illicit Drug Abuse

Presenter: Dr. Ronni Brown, D.D.S., M.P.H. Release Date: 9/14/23
Credits:  1 CEU   Expiration Date: 9/14/26
AGD Subject Code: 157
CE Supporter: VOCO America

Substance abuse is at an all-time “high” in this country with an estimated 1 out of every 10 Americans addicted to prescription or illicit drugs. As dental professionals, we must awaken to the reality that many of our patients have substance-use disorders and that our examination findings of advanced caries, severe hyposalivation, and poor plaque control are often the effects of depressant, stimulant, and opioid abuse. In this CE webinar, learn how to recognize the clues of substance abuse from a routine dental examination, discuss your concerns and suspicions with patients, develop and deliver safe and effective dental treatment, and manage pain with non-opioid medications. *Note: Course content does not include marijuana

During this CE webinar, participants will learn:
• to identify the prescription and illicit depressant, stimulant, and opioid drugs that patients are most likely to abuse
• to recognize the physical, behavioral, and oral clues of substance abuse during a routine dental examination
• how to discuss substance abuse with patients
• evidence-based practices for managing dental pain with non-addictive analgesics
• to develop treatment plans based upon a caries-risk assessment that includes substance abuse
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