Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Keynote Address – An Epidemic of Addiction: Responding to the Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • Other: 0.75
    • CDE: 0.75
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jun 29, 2018
  • Expires: Jun 28, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    45 Minutes
  • Average User Rating:
    (2 Ratings)


Brett H.  Kessler Brett H. Kessler, DDS
Town Center Dentistry and Orthodontics
Colorado Prosthodontic Society
Past President, Colorado Dental Association
Denver, Colorado

Needs Statement

Addiction affects 10-20% of the population without prejudice to race, sex, income, or age. With the increasing death rate due to legal prescriptions and drugs manufactured illegally, dentists and dental hygienists need to incorporate the ADA policy on opiates into their practice to address the problem. They also need to know if medical marijuana is a viable alternative for pain management.

Target Audience

Dentists and dental hygienists in all practice settings.


Upon completion of this educational activity, particpants will be able to:

  • Discuss dentistry's role in the epidemic
  • Discuss the effect of legalized marijuana in Colorado
  • Review prescribing practices to be part of the solution


UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 0.75 hours of participation.

This online course meets regulatory requirements for 0.75 hours credit as permitted by 201 KAR 8:532 for dentists and 201 KAR 8:562 for dental hygienists.

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker or other planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speaker. In some cases, the presentation might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. The speaker will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center University of Kentucky College of Public Health (KIPRC).