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Opioid webinar scheduled for Feb. 7

January 20, 2014

An addiction expert will present a webinar, Opioid Addiction and the Dental Patient, from 2-3 p.m. CST Feb. 7.

Brian Fingerson, president of the Kentucky Professionals Recovery Network, will provide an overview of addiction, acute pain, use of opioid medications and their risks and how dental patients who may be addicts or diverters may seek medications from dental practitioners.

Mr. Fingerson is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy and an assistant professor for the department of oral health science at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

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 ADA Council on Dental Practice, at or 1-312-440-2622.