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Release Date: January 15, 2016
Expiration Date: January 14, 2019
Methamphetamine is the most widely manufactured amphetamine-type stimulant and is a powerful central nervous stimulant which is highly addictive. The abuse of methamphetamine has markedly increased in the past decade, and while prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, research suggests that methamphetamine is the fastest growing illegal drug problem in North America. In many parts of North America and Hawaii, methamphetamine use is at epidemic proportions. Methamphetamine is classified as a psychostimulant and is structurally similar to drugs such as cocaine and amphetamine. However, unlike cocaine and amphetamine, methamphetamine has a much longer duration of action and is significantly more neurotoxic. The neurotoxicity of methamphetamine is profound and persists long after its use has been discontinued. The use of methamphetamine has devastating effects on the oral cavity. Dental healthcare workers are often the first medical professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of methamphetamine abuse because patients seek help to manage the resulting dental destruction. With this reality comes responsibility. Dental healthcare workers need to be familiar with the effects of methamphetamine use on the oral cavity and how to recognize this type of dental destruction. The information provided in this course is useful to all dental team members, regardless of practice setting or scope of practice. Designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants, this basic-level course reviews the pharmacology of methamphetamine and updates the participant on the scope of the current problem of methamphetamine abuse. By becoming familiar with the clinical effects of methamphetamine on the brain, the common psychological and physical symptoms, especially in the oral cavity, and the potential dental treatment modalities available, the dental healthcare worker will be better prepared to recognize and manage patients within their practice who are affected by methamphetamine abuse. Although dental professionals focus on treating the oral cavity, this course serves as a reminder of the oral-systemic link and the fact that dental healthcare professionals can make a significant overall difference in their patients’ lives.
AGD Subject Code: 157
Western Schools designates this activity for 1 continuing education credit.
- Describe the history and prevalence of methamphetamine abuse in the United States.
- Explain the pharmacology of methamphetamine and its clinical effects on the brain.
- Identify the stages of methamphetamine abuse.
- Describe the clinical implications of methamphetamine abuse.
- Describe treatment modalities for methamphetamine abuse.
Mark Donaldson, BSP, RPH, PharmD, FASHP, FACHE, received his baccalaureate degree from the University of British Columbia and his doctorate in clinical pharmacy from the University of Washington. He completed a residency at Canada’s largest tertiary care facility, Vancouver General Hospital, and is the current Director of Clinical Pharmacy Performance Services for VHA Inc. Dr. Donaldson is a clinical professor in the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Montana in Missoula and clinical associate professor in the School of Dentistry at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has a special interest in dental pharmacology and has lectured internationally to both dental and medical practitioners. Dr. Donaldson has a number of published works in the peer-reviewed literature and textbook chapters and has spent three years in Japan focusing on cross-cultural communication and internationalization. He currently serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Dental Association, is board-certified in healthcare management, and is the president of the American College of Healthcare Executives’ Montana Chapter.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
- There are no prerequisites for this course.