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The Prescription Opioid & Heroin Crisis: An Epidemic of Addiction

Dr. Andrew Kolodny will provide an overview of the prescription opioid and heroin crisis. He will explain the relationship between opioid prescribing and rising rates of morbidity and mortality associated with prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl. Factors that led to the epidemic – including the role of the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare providers, professional organizations and regulatory agencies – will be explored. The role of opioids in treatment of post-surgical dental pain and other types of acute and chronic non-cancer pain will be evaluated. Strategies required to bring the epidemic under control will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Evaluate factors that led to the opioid addiction epidemic.
  2. Analyze trends in prescription opioid, heroin and fentanyl mortality.
  3. Examine the role of opioid prescribing by oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

CDE/CME will be offered.