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ADA webinar to focus on responsible prescribing of opioids

March 24, 2017 While America's war on opioids has focused primarily on physicians, federal data indicates that dentists are also frequent prescribers. A percentage of abused opioids originate from dental practices.

A free ADA webinar will focus on strategies for dentists to prescribe opioids, when necessary, in a safe manner — one that provides their patients with adequate and appropriate analgesia while simultaneously safeguarding against misuse, abuse, overdose and diversion of the drugs.

The webinar, called Opioid Prescribing in Dental Medicine: Balancing Our Compassion for Patients with Social Responsibility, will be held April 13 from 2-3 p.m. CDT.

The speaker will be Michael E. Schatman, Ph.D., director of research of the Connecticut-based U.S. Pain Foundation. The U.S. Pain Foundation is a nonprofit organization that educates, connects, informs and empowers those living with pain while also advocating on behalf of the entire pain community.
Through this presentation, attendees will be able to:
  • Discuss the balance between the dentists' obligation to provide pain relief with an equally important responsibility to not expose patients to risk of addiction and not create opportunities for drug diversion.
  • Recognize the risks to patients, dentists and society associated with opioid prescribing.
  • Formulate a rational and practical plan for improving risk mitigation within dental practices.
The course is worth one hour of continuing education credit.

The link to register is