About Course #L0743
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Review Date: June 14, 2019
Expiration Date: December 31, 2019
Abuse of prescription drugs has increased so dramatically in the United States that it has been labeled a national epidemic. For dental patients, pain is often an unavoidable sequela to invasive dental procedures and untreated or long-standing oral disease. Balancing the desire to alleviate pain against the suspicion that the patient may be a drug seeker is just one of the issues that confront dental providers.
The purpose of this basic-level course is to provide dental providers with an appreciation of the scope of the problem of prescription drug abuse and a realization that the misuse and abuse of these drugs likely take place among the patient populations they serve. By becoming familiar with the pharmacology of the most commonly abused drugs, the risk factors for developing addictive behaviors, and the manner in which these medications are commonly acquired, dental providers will be positioned to curb prescribing practices that contribute to this growing problem and will be better able to serve their patients and their communities as informed prevention advocates.
AGD Subject Code: 157
- Describe the history and scope of prescription drug abuse and the role of the dental professional.
- Define the terminology used in discussing prescription drug abuse.
- Explain the pharmacology, physiology, and regulatory control of the prescription drugs that are most commonly abused and the extent and impact of their nonmedical use.
- Describe the populations most at risk for abusing prescription drugs and their access to these drugs.
- Discuss the tactics and resources available to manage and prevent prescription drug abuse in the dental practice.
Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.
This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, course #L0852 Prescription Drug Abuse Among Dental Patients: Scope, Prevention, and Management Considerations, Updated 1st Edition (2 contact hours).
Marnie Oakley, DMD,
Jean O'Donnell, DMD, MSN,
Michael A. Zemaitis, PhD,
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.