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Learn about prescribing to patients with a history of addiction

March 26, 2015 An upcoming webinar aims to educate dentists on how to prescribe medication for patients with a history of addiction.

Safe Prescribing for Patients With a History of Substance Abuse Disorders is scheduled for April 22 from 2-3 p.m. Central time. Michael O'Neil, professor of pharmacy practice at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, will discuss how dentists can implement treatment strategies that guide safe practices while performing procedures with a history of substance abuse disorder. Dentists will also learn how to develop a safe and effective plan for acute pain management for patients receiving opioid maintenance treatment for addiction.
"Substance abuse disorder has a significant impact on the practice of dentistry regardless of the age or socioeconomic status of the patient population," Mr. O'Neil said. "There is a wide range of dental-related problems associated with SUD. Dental practitioners must be able to evaluate the causal link between an individual's SUD and both educate the patient as to the detrimental effects of substance abuse and misuse and provide appropriate dental therapies to combat its dental and oral effects. Additionally, certain modifications to dental procedures must, at times, be made in order to ensure the safe and effective treatment of both pain and dental/oral disease in patients with SUD."

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 1-312-440-2622. Registration closes April 20.