Opioid Prescribing Webinar – Dentists

This video introduces practitioners to the Washington opioid prescribing requirements for dentists. Washington regulations require dentists to complete a 3 hour continuing medical education (CME) course on the new requirements in order to prescribe opioids. This video describes the new requirements for dentists.

Funding Source: Washington Department of Health

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

Report of a study comparing opioid prescribing rates in 2016 by dentists in the United States and England. The authors found that the proportion of prescriptions written by US dentists was 37 times greater than the proportion written by English dentists.

Funding Source:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health

Washington State Opioid Prescribing Requirements for Dentists

The Washington legislature directed the medical associations in the state to develop opioid prescribing guidelines for their professions by 2019. This 4 page document briefly explains the guidelines developed for dentists.

Funding Source:  Washington State Department of Health

Dental Education Core Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Prescription Drug Misuse – Recommendations from the Governor’s Dental Education Working Group on Prescription Drug Misuse

The Governor of Massachusetts created a dental education working group to develop new core competencies for dental education in the state. The new competencies include training dental students in prevention of substance use disorder (SUD), how to treat patients with SUD, and how to provide effective, safe pain care.

Funding Source:  Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts