Oral Health Professionals’ Role in Ending the Opioid Epidemic
Dental teams can help decrease opioid misuse through risk assessment, patient education, and treatment referrals.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the opioid epidemic.
- Identify oral health professionals’ role in the opioid crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
- Discuss drugs used for medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder or harm-reduction in overdose cases.
- Develop overdose prevention and opioid misuse referral strategies for the dental setting.
This course was issued in June 2022 and expires June 2025. The author has no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.
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