This course satisfies the continuing education requirement for Kentucky Dental License renewal as specified in 201 KAR 8:532, Section 10(e) concerning the use of the Kentucky All Scheduled Prescription Reporting System (KASPER), Pain Management, or Addictive Disorders.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter drug abuse is a growing national problem that impacts dental practice as well as our families. The illegal use of hydrocodone and oxycodone painkillers is rampant and responsible for multiple overdoses and a host of community problems. Drug seekers are on the prowl looking for easy marks. Learn how the illicit use of prescription drugs, internet drug trafficking, doctor-shopper cons, and more impact clinical practice and discover how patient screening, brief interventions and use of KASPER help better manage some of these problems.
At the conclusion of this presentation, each participant should be able to succeed at the following tasks:
- Describe how drug abuse can lead to addiction and drug-seeking behavior
- Recognize clinical problems associated with narcotic painkillers and over-the-counter drugs of abuse
- List signs, symptoms and behavioral problems associated with the abuse of prescription drugs
- Spot how drug-seekers attempt to obtain and divert prescription drugs and how to identify and deal with these individuals
- Screening patients to identify drug misuse, abuse and addiction and determine most effective brief intervention strategies