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Register for opioid webinar

February 04, 2013

By Kelly Soderlund, ADA News staff

A Statewide Survey of Opioid Prescribing Patterns in Adult Dental Patients in West Virginia will be presented at 2 p.m. CST Feb. 20 by Michael O'Neil, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice at South College in Knoxville, Tenn.

Dr. O'Neil will discuss his part in a comprehensive survey that looked at dentists' self-reporting of their prescribing habits and patterns. For more than 18 years, Dr. O'Neil has served as a consultant and expert on prescription drug abuse and diversion. He's worked with the Drug Enforcement Agency, West Virginia Bureau of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Attorney's Office, among other organizations.

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, contact Alison Siwek, manager of dentist health and wellness for the Council on Dental Practice, at or 312.440.2622.