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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  • 4

    Posted by Naidu, DDS on Jun 15th 2022

    Good solid course, especially informative regarding OxyContin.

  • 5
    Narcotic Addiction

    Posted by Brenda G, DDS on Jun 14th 2022

    Interesting case study of OxyContin and aspects of over-prescribing vs legit access for patients in need

  • 5
    Narcotic Drug dangers

    Posted by JJ Okuda on Jun 12th 2022

    Very timely and updated data about significance of opioid overprescribing and addiction.

  • 5

    Posted by Jenifer Plummer on May 21st 2022

    Was very good information on the subject matter, it kept me interested while taking the course