National Opioid Crisis

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Reviews the recent declaration of a National Public Health Emergency and the current status of OxyContin, Fentanyl, and opioid abuse in the United States.  Medical and societal issues involved in the abuse of narcotic pain medications.  Mechanisms of action of opioid pain medications.  Clinical signs and symptoms of narcotic and opioid abuse.  Treatment programs and protocols available for narcotic abuse, including diversion programs for dental professionals.  Definitions and comparisons of abuse, tolerance, addiction, physical dependence and withdrawal.  Current strategies being employed by the FDA, DEA and pharmaceutical manufacturers to limit abuse potential of OxyContin.  Problems associated with limiting availability of narcotic medications as they pertain to patients in legitimate chronic pain seeking prescription medications.  Current legal challenges to the marketing and distribution of OxyContin and Fentanyl. California Dental Board approved CE. AGD PACE National approved CE. Remote self-directed distance learning online dental continuing education course.

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  • 5
    well written, informative, easy to understand

    Posted by trong tran on Jul 12th 2023

    great subject. highly recommend my colleagues to take this one.

  • 5
    Fentanyl everywhere

    Posted by Idaho DDS on Jul 10th 2023

    Now have a better understanding of the extent of opioid over-prescribing and illegal use.

  • 5
    Good talking points

    Posted by Ben w DDS on Jul 2nd 2023

    Not only covered my DEA requirement but gave me a lot of fresh information to pass on to patients, and explain why I wasn't prescribing schedule II painkillers.

  • 5
    Mandated DEA opioid hours

    Posted by Dr J Willig on Jun 21st 2023

    Took this in addition to the California Schedule II course to complete more DEA hours. Liked the succinct but thorough handling of the topic

  • 5
    Opioid, crisis

    Posted by Lawrence Char on May 25th 2023

    Very informative

  • 5
    Fentanyl going wild

    Posted by Brian RDH Colorade on Oct 1st 2022

    Really concerned with the escalating numbers of fentanyl overdoses in our city, great review of opioid dangers and increasing prevalence

  • 5
    Pain Meds

    Posted by Betsy RDH on Jul 10th 2022

    Enjoyed reading about Fentanyl and OxyContin abuse and the consequences of addiction on a national level

  • 5
    Fentanyl addiction

    Posted by Lori RDA on Jun 29th 2022

    Such a growing problem, happy to get CEs studying about it.

  • 5
    Fentanyl update

    Posted by DDS in Cali on Jun 29th 2022

    Liked the updated review of Fentanyl abuse