CE Seminar: The Opioid Epidemic - What Dental Professionals Should Know
CE Seminar: The Opioid Epidemic - What Dental Professionals Should Know

The Opioid Epidemic is a focus for all healthcare professionals; training personnel to reduce opioid substance use is a national priority. With the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Pediatric Dentistry Department at UIC COD is proud to present this 4 hour CE program. We engage a Pediatric Dentist, a Dental Pain Specialist, a Psychiatrist and a Pharmacist to share their expertise and latest strategies on educating dental professionals to address issues of opioid abuse in pain management and identify and refer individuals with substance use disorders.

Our speakers will present current thinking on opioid topics that dental professionals will find practical and useful in clinical practice.

This is a free event providing 4 hours of CE Credit.

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What You Will Learn

  • To understand the current opioid crisis: latest statistics

  • To correctly manage acute and chronic orofacial pain and appropriately prescribe opioids and alternatives for adults and children

  • To identify clinical situations that may require prescription of opioids

  • To identify adults and children with opioid use disorders and refer for treatment

  • To recognize opioid seeking behaviors by patients and legal guardians of pediatric patients

  • How to correctly store and dispose of opioids and use the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

  • Best approaches to discuss opioid use disorder with patients and legal guardians of pediatric patients

  • When and where to refer for opioid addiction treatment

  • How to deliver safe dental care for patients who are addicted to opioids and those undergoing treatment for opioid abuse



The program will be held at the College of Dentistry, Lecture Hall South, 4th floor. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The program will be held from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A continental breakfast will be provided.


CE Credit

Registration is complementary. The program will award 4 hours of CE credits.


About the Speakers

Christopher Holden MD is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Addiction Psychiatry at University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Jasjot Sahni DDS FAAOP is Clinical Assistant Professor in Oral Medicine and Facial Pain Clinic at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Ian Marion DDS MS is Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dentistry and Director, Pre-Doctoral Pediatric Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.

Adam Bursua, PharmD, BCPS is the Medication Safety and Quality Coordinator UI Health and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.


Additional Learning Resources

Opioids – Information for Dentists: National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) 

The Opioid Crisis:  American Dental Association (ADA)

Comparison of Opioid Prescribing by Dentists in the United States and England: JAMA Network


October 05, 2019
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
UIC College of Dentistry
801 S. Paulina St.
Lecture Hall
Chicago , IL 60612
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