Tackling the Opioid Epidemic

Stoners, Dragon Chasers, Tweakers and Drunks – Not in My Practice…Yeah Right!!!

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • Other: 1.00
    • CDE: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jul 18, 2018
  • Expires: Jul 17, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • Average User Rating:
    (8 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

This module explores the current trends in illicit drug use-specifically marijuana. A significant percentage of patients in our practices (and our lives) may be abusing illicit drugs. Strategies will be discussed to help identify, manage difficult conversations, and treat this demographic.

Target Audience

Dentists and dental hygienists in all practice settings.


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

  • Identify addiction/drug seeking behavior in our patients
  • Discuss patient intervention strategies
  • Recommend source of help for our colleagues


UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.

This online course meets regulatory requirements for 1.00 hour 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).