The nation is turning its attention to the growing opioid crisis and the North Carolina Dental Board is doing their part to fight this devastating epidemic through continuing education. Since 1999, thousands of people have died from opioid related overdoses in North Carolina. In fact, 4 of the top 20 cities for opioid related deaths are in North Carolina. The North Carolina Dental Board has responded with the following requirement for NC dentists:
Beginning in 2017, as a condition of dental license renewal, all licensees who prescribe controlled substances MUST complete an annual CE course of at least one hour that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management.
Dr. Bobbi Stanley, co-founder of Stanley Institute, will host a one-hour online course.
- The mechanism and sites of action of opioid medication
- Preventing the onset and intensity of postoperative pain without the use of opioids
- Prescribing safe use of opioids in acute pain management
- Risks of abuse and addiction associated with opioid medication
- Identify patients at risk for substance use disorder
- How to counsel patients about side effects, addictive potential and appropriate storage and disposal of opioids
- Case study of appropriate prescription quantities of medications that have an increased risk of abuse
- Review of controlling substances prescribing