Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Milligram of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Rehabilitation

May 8, 2019

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Presenter(s): Raymond Dionne, DDS, MS, PhD, Research Professor, School of Dentistry, East Carolina University

Recording link and PPT slides coming soon!

Webinar description: 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. The dangers of opioid prescribing for dental pain are highlighted by a recent publication that indicates a 16-fold greater use and misuse of opioids in oral surgery patients prescribed an opioid versus a comparison group that did not receive an opioid (Schroeder et al., JAMA Int. Med 2018). The changing dynamics of the opioid overdose epidemic indicates an exponential increase in overdose mortality over the past four decades (Jalal et al. Science 2018) suggesting that the most recent manifestation of drug overdose mortality is part of an ongoing process. This 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.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe the causes that have contributed to the current opioid overdose epidemic in the US.
  • Recognize the effectiveness of non-opioid alternatives which can be administered to prevent acute pain and inflammation in comparison to opioids that do not have anti-inflammatory efficacy.
  • Demonstrate how to minimizing the overdose crisis with through patient education, evaluation of a patient’s opioid prescribing history by using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and managing an opioid overdose in the dental office.

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May 8
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Raymond Dionne, DDS, MS, PhD, Research Professor, School of Dentistry, East Carolina University
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