Street Drugs Exposed – What Your Patients and Your Kids ARE NOT Telling You!
What You Will Learn
What questions should I be asking my patients to avoid drug interactions with street drugs? What is the impact on my practice of the recent resolutions, approved by the American Dental Association, for providing dental care for patients who are or have been chemically dependent? What are some of the oral manifestations of street drug abuse? How will I know if a person is under the influence of street drugs? What are the characteristics of and how do I manage the “doctor shopper?” Do I have to take any precautions with the dental patient who is under the influence? Why is it so important that the dental staff be knowledgeable about street drugs? Why am I at risk? What are some characteristics of adolescent substance abuse and what do I do about it?
The dental team is in a unique position in providing care to a patient population that may be regular users or experimenting with mood altering drugs. This dynamic, brutally honest, and graphic presentation will take you from the streets and into the office to help you identify and manage the substance abusing patients. The discussion will include the origins, types, mechanisms of action, and signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs.
- Describe the signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents
- Identify the biochemical basis for the disease of addiction
- List medications to be avoided with the suspected drug abusing patient
- Recognize and manage the “doctor shopper”
- Define management strategies for the chemically-dependent patient
- Describe “meth mouth”, “lean”, “whippets”, “parachuting” “bath salts”, “Spice Diamond, Spice Gold” and other commonly used street terms
- Understand why some people become addicted and others do not
- Learn how to identify if your kid gets intoxicated on hand sanitizer
Harold L. Crossley, DDS, MS, PhD is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Rhode Dr. Crossley received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964 and later earned both the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley his DDS degree in 1980. He is a renowned speaker and has consulted with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974.
This course is for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, receptionists, and spouses.
CEU: 7 Category I