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Opioids webinar covers prescribing strategies for managing pain

February 28, 2018

If you missed the February webinar, Improving Opioid Prescribing: The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry, an archived version is posted on the ADA Center for Professional Success website.

The one-hour webinar, which the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention jointly hosted, outlines nonopioid strategies for pain management in order to decrease reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery.

The webinar provides an overview of the CDC’s treatment for chronic pain recommendations and how those recommendations can be applied to management of acute pain. It also covers when and how opioids should be initiated for pain as well as how dentists can best assess risk and address harms of opioid use.

All of the strategies support the ADA’s statement on the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Dental Pain.

Speakers are Debbie Dowell, M.D., senior medical advisor/chief medical officer for the CDC Division of Unintentional Injury and lead author of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; and Dr. Paul Moore, a member of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and director of the Oral Health Science Institute and chair of the Department of Dental Anesthesiology for the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.

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