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Dental Providers’ Drug Reference for the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

About This Course

Opioid abuse and deaths from overdose have reached epidemic levels in the United States. These drug classes cause significant systemic changes and carry a high risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Dental providers who have the authority to prescribe opioids have a responsibility to the public to ensure appropriate pain management protocols are followed so patients do not run the risk of developing a substance abuse disorder. This course will present information and statistics about commonly misused opioids, pharmacodynamics of non-narcotic and opioid analgesics, and dental pain origin and management.

Educational Objectives

After completing this course, the reader should be able to:

  1. Discuss the origin of orofacial pain and appropriate pain management practices.
  2. Describe the pharmacodynamics (effects and mechanism of action) of non-narcotic and opioid analgesic classes of drugs.
  3. Recognize their responsibility and contribution to opioid use disorders and apply proper pain management techniques to help decrease the opioid epidemic in America.

Educational Objectives

ADA Credits: 2

AGD Credits: 2


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