Improving Opioid Prescribing: The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and Considerations for Dentistry

February 14, 2018

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Presenter(s): Debbie Dowell, MD, MPH; Paul A. Moore, DMD, PhD, MPH

Webinar description: This webinar will offer a speaker from the US Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association. During this webinar, participants will hear an overview of the CDC’s treatment for chronic pain recommendations and how those recommendations can be applied to management of acute pain. Participants will learn when and how opioids should be initiated for pain, how to assess risk and address harms of opioid use, when and how opioids should be discontinued, and how non-opioid strategies can be employed in dental practices that can improve the efficacy of acute postoperative pain management. Alternative strategies may decrease the reliance on prescription opioid pain relievers following dental surgery.

Educational objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiology and public health burden of the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States.
  • Discuss CDC and ADA guidance for safer prescribing of opioids.
  • Describe available clinical tools to aid in safer prescribing of opioids.

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NoteThis archive webinar is not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


February 14, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Debbie Dowell, MD, MPH; Paul A. Moore, DMD, PhD, MPH
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