A Milligram of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Rehabilitation
The opioid overdose epidemic results in approximately 170 deaths every day across America. The dental profession has been responsive to the magnitude of this human tragedy and the overwhelming evidence that NSAIDs, acetaminophen and long-acting local anesthetic formulations result in greater analgesia, less adverse effects and much lower risk of drug diversion, misuse and the development of opioid use disorders. This on-demand webinar will provide greater understanding of the multiple forces that are driving this epidemic and suggest how dentists can effectively deal with the root causes of the epidemic.
Following this presentation:
- Dental personnel will understand the causes that have contributed to the current opioid overdose epidemic in the US.
- Dental prescribers will 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.
- Dental personnel will better understand how that can contribute to minimizing the overdose crisis with patient education, evaluation of a patient’s opioid prescribing history by using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and how to manage an opioid overdose in the dental office.
Raymond Dionne, DDS, MS, PhD
Research Professor, School of Dentistry, East Carolina University
Dr. Dionne is a dentist and clinical pharmacologist who conducted clinical pain research at the NIH for greater than 25 years and, in parallel, practiced general dentistry part-time in the District of Columbia. He 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.