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Webinar: Monitoring prescription drug use

February 15, 2016 An upcoming webinar will serve as a user’s guide to prescription drug monitoring programs.

Prescription Monitoring Programs: Capabilities and Benefits is scheduled for 2-3 p.m. Central time on March 16. Patrick Knue, program coordinator for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Program at Brandeis University, will discuss the prescription drug abuse problem in the U.S.; and the history and purpose of prescription drug monitoring programs, including how they operate and how people can get access to them.

Mr. Knue was employed with the Texas Department of Public Safety for 30 years; 28 years in the narcotics service as a crime analyst, crime analyst supervisor, and program manager; 18 years specializing in prescription abuse; and nine years as program manager of the Texas Prescription Program.

The webinar is part of a sub-award the ADA received from the American Academy of Addictive Psychiatry, which received its award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The original grant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment was to create webinars and training on treating pain and opioid addiction.

The center is paying for the Prescriber’s Clinical Support System for the Appropriate Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain and Opioid-related Addiction, which is a collaborative effort among a handful of medical associations that will provide training and education on the topic. Those who participate in the webinar are eligible to earn one hour of continuing education credit.

To register, complete a survey at websurveys.ada.org/s/opioidwebinar. For more information on the ADA’s opioid prescribing and abuse prevention initiative, please contact staff in the Center for Dental Practice, Health and Wellness Program at 1-312-440-2622 or email Alison Bramhall at bramhalla@ada.org.