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Webinar on prescribing analgesics during the overdose epidemic set for May 8

The ADA is hosting a May 8 webinar on the opioid overdose epidemic to help dentists learn how to deal with the root causes of the epidemic.

Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Milligram of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Rehabilitation will take place from 2-3 p.m. EST, and is part of the ADA’s Opioid Webinar series. The webinar is free and participants are eligible for one hour of continuing education through ADA CERP. 

Dr. Raymond Dionne, a dentist and clinical pharmacologist who conducted clinical pain research at the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years, will moderate the event. Dr. Dionne is currently a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a research professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

At the end of the webinar, dentists will:

  • Understand the causes that have contributed to the current opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S.
  • Appreciate that non-opioid alternatives are more effective and can be administered to prevent acute pain and inflammation rather than attempt to manage acute pain poorly with opioids that do not  have anti-inflammatory efficacy.
  • Better understand how they can contribute to minimizing the overdose crisis by educating patients, evaluating their opioid prescribing history using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and managing an opioid overdose in the dental office.

Register for the webinar here.

The 2019 Health and Well-Being Conference will take place on Aug. 16. The council's ADA Dental Wellness Advisory Committee will host the conference at ADA Headquarters in Chicago and focus on continuing education on career burnout and stress management. For more information, contact Alison Bramhall at or 1-202-898-2410.