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Integrating Controlled Substance Risk Assessment and Management into Dental Practice [Webinar]

Title slide for webinar Integrating Controlled Substance Risk Assessment and Management into Dental Practice

This on-demand webinar from July 21, 2021 will cover evidence-based strategies for integrating controlled substance risk assessment into the dental practice. These strategies include: a review of the prevalence of substance misuse and abuse among dental patients, reducing risk by brief structured assessment, recognizing comorbid patient risk factors, usage of state prescription drug monitoring programs, and inter-professional collaboration with colleagues in addiction medicine/mental health, primary care, and pain medicine.

Viewers will learn strategies for delegating aspects of assessment and management to dental hygienists and other supervised clinicians. Barriers to implementation will also be discussed. The above template for care is based upon current work in development through the Tufts Controlled Substance Risk Mitigation Project.

Upon viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize patient risk factors for misuse and abuse of controlled substances
  • Review tools for assessing patient risk, including validated screeners and state prescription drug monitoring program databases
  • Identify strategies for improved inter-professional care of complex patients with active substance use disorder

Please note: A Certificate of Completion can be claimed by participants of this archived webinar, available through our partnership with the Providers Clinical Support System - please go to the event page on



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About the presenter

Ronald J. Kulich, Ph.D. 

Dr.  Kulich is a Full Professor and clinical psychologist at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, and holds a Lecturer appointment at Harvard-MGH, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. He has published multiple peer reviewed papers on pain assessment and management. His responsibilities include development and management of opioid risk assessment protocols for the Massachusetts General Hospital Pain Center and Facial Pain/Headache Center at Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Other academic responsibilities include treatment guideline development for work injury with Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents, training committee for the MA Prescription Monitoring Program, multiple opioid risk guideline committees, and he has been co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Committee for the Curriculum on Substance Abuse assessment for dentistry. Fellowship training responsibilities include supervision of Anesthesia/Pain Medicine and Orofacial Pain Medicine Fellows (Mass General Hospital), as well as contributing to the behavioral sciences curriculum for Tufts School of Dental Medicine and supervision of psychology graduate interns. 

This webinar is presented in collaboration with the Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS), which offers free education and training at Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no. 1H79TI081968 from SAMHSA. The views expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human ServicesÍž nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.