Addressing the Opioid Crisis
By supporting the prescription drug monitoring program, promoting the proper disposal of opioids, and encouraging opioid stewardship, dental hygienists can make a difference in this public health issue.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- Discuss the significance and severity of the opioid crisis in the United States.
- Define the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) and the National Prescription Drug Take Back Days.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose and understand the role of naloxone in reversing the effects of opioids.
- Describe and promote opioid stewardship.
This course was issued in September 2020 and expires September 2023. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.