Chemical Dependency & Substance Abuse: A Review for the Dental Professional, 2nd Ed. - L0789


About Course #L0789

Release Date: July 30, 2013

Review Date: November 2, 2016

Expiration Date: November 1, 2019

In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans aged 12 or older - 9.4 percent of the population - had used an illicit drug, and an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol. In 2015, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made more than 31,000 drug-related arrests, and in 2014, seized nearly 3,000 kg of methamphetamine and close to 50,000 dosage units of hallucinogens.

This basic-level course reviews commonly misused substances, discusses their origins, and details the physical effects they can produce. Special consideration is given to substances commonly available in the dental office and the medications dental professionals may administer and prescribe. The course also highlights the signs and symptoms of drug abuse, slang associated with misused and abused substances, and the common routes of administration for each substance so that dental professionals will be able to identify patients who may be abusing certain substances.

AGD Subject Code: 157

Course Objectives

  • Discuss tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), its effects, and medical applications.
  • Identify legal and illegal stimulants and their effects.
  • Describe different sedatives, their effects, and dental considerations.
  • Identify common hallucinogens and their effects.
  • Describe the effects of different opioids, including dental analgesics.
  • Identify common inhalants and their effects.

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

About the Author(s)

Ronald M. Mancini, DDS, received his bachelor's degree from Emory University, and went on to earn his DDS degree from the same institution. He maintains a private dental practice in Bethesda, Maryland. He is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Maryland State Dental Association (MSDA), and the Southern Maryland Dental Society (SMDS). Dr. Mancini has held several positions with the SMDS, including those of trustee, president, vice president, treasurer, and editor, and has served as a delegate and head of the delegation to the MSDA House of Delegates.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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