Pain Management and the Role of Opioids (Updated 2019)
You will receive 1 credit(s) of continuing education credit upon successful completion of this course.

One of the causes of the current opioid epidemic in the U.S. may be excessive prescription of narcotics for pain relief by dentists and other healthcare practitioners. This lecture will trace changes in prescribing patterns that may have unintentionally contributed to this epidemic. This course will trace the changes in prescribing patterns and discuss the use of pre-emptive analgesia with combinations of long-acting local anesthetics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain management.

Joseph Piecuch, DMD, MD

Joseph Piecuch, DMD, MD is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA), Harvard University (DMD) and the University of Washington (MD). Dr. Piecuch’s residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery was at the University of Washington. Initially a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, he established a private practice in 1985 and became affiliated with Hartford Hospital where he was Oral Surgery Educational Coordinator and OMS Section Chair. In 2008 he returned to...

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Connecticut State Dental Association
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the severity of the current opioid epidemic
  2. Learn how opioid prescribing practices have changed over the past 20 years and how well-meaning concerns about total elimination of pain indirectly led to the current overdose problems
  3. Understand the role of dentists in this epidemic
  4. Understand why prescribing practices led to changes in Connecticut statutes concerning opioid prescribing
  5. Understand the concept of pre-emptive analgesia and how techniques involving local anesthetics and NSAIDS can eliminate the need for narcotics in many cases
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Release date: January 1, 2019
Review date: October 31, 2030
Expiration date: May 1, 2021
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