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Register for opioid prescribing webinars

The ADA will continue educating members on prescribing opioid medications and drug abuse through two webinars scheduled this winter.

"Opioid Prescribing-Spokane County Dentists," will be held at 2 p.m. CST Jan. 23. Amy Riffe, an epidemiologist in the community health assessment, planning and evaluation area of the Spokane Regional Health District, will discuss a survey that was conducted in Washington's Spokane County that examined dentists' prescribing practices around opioid medication.

"A Statewide Evaluation of Opioid Prescribing Patterns with an Emphasis on Drug Diversion and Substance Abuse" will be presented by Michael O'Neil, professor of pharmacy practice at South College in Knoxville, Tenn., at 2 p.m. CST Feb. 20.

The webinars are part of a sub-award the ADA received from the American Academy of Addictive Psychiatry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which received a grant to create webinars and training on treating pain and opioid addiction. The center is paying for the Prescriber's Clinical Support System for the Appropriate Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Pain and Opioid-related Addiction, which is a collaborative effort among a handful of medical associations that will provide training and education on the topic.

Those who participate in the Jan. 23 webinar are eligible to earn one hour of continuing education credit. To register, contact Alison Siwek, manager of dentist health and wellness for the Council on Dental Practice, at siweka@ada.org or 1-312-440-2622.

The ADA will also host the 2013 Conference on Dentist Health and Wellness at its headquarters Sept. 19-20. The conference will focus on opioid prescribing and abuse prevention, general health issues, stress, burnout, ergonomics and addiction issues. For more information, contact Ms. Siwek.