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Webinar to discuss federal policies and prescription drug abuse

January 19, 2016

An upcoming webinar will cover the White House’s strategy to reduce prescription medication abuse.

Federal and State Policy Efforts to Prevent Prescription Opioid Diversion is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central time on Feb. 10. Presenters include Cathy Carlson, Ph.D., associate professor of nursing at the Northern Illinois University College of Health and Human Sciences, and Aaron Gilson, Ph.D. research program manager at the University of Wisconsin Pain & Policy Studies Group.

The presenters will review federal and state policies that were developed to reduce prescription opioid medications being transferred from legitimate health care practices and patients to illicit use. They’ll discuss tighter hydrocodone regulations and what the White House is doing to combat prescription drug abuse. Participants will also learn about ADA guidelines, medication disposal and prescription drug monitoring programs.

The webinar is part of a sub-award the ADA received from the American Academy of Addictive Psychiatry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which received a grant 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, visit here. 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 1-312-44012622 or email Alison Bramhall at bramhalla@ada.org.