Recreational Drugs: OMG! Windows into our Brains?

Bart Johnson, DDS, MS

Friday, September 27, 2013

Embassy Suites Bellevue
3225 158th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-3225

This course is designed for dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.

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Register Online (available until two days before the course).

Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:30am
Course: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Until September 25 (after, $10 more)
$251/Current Dental Alumni Member

CREDITS: 7 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% tuition discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.

Course Description

Life is tough, and escape through substance abuse has been occurring perhaps since the dawn of time. Many of your patients are, or have been, chemically dependent at some point in their lives. In this course, we will detail many common drugs of abuse (listed below, plus others) and the astonishing behaviors the users turn to in order to maintain their addictions. We will also focus on what new information about the brain biochemistry exists, and what many of these drugs are or might be doing, including research interest in the roles of the natural receptors they occupy.

Included in the discussion will be interesting tidbits about the history and personality of the drugs, the current social issues surrounding them, the challenges we face trying to maintain control of them, and – remarkably – how some of the classic drugs of abuse are being used as medicinal drugs of benefit. We will talk about how to keep your kids and other loved ones off drugs, and what the Washington State laws are regarding help for impaired professionals. Of course, a discussion of the dental manifestations and dental treatment issues, including open communication and rehab options, will be woven into the presentation.

Come join us for a fascinating day of information, stories and pictures. You can’t make this stuff up!

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course, you will:

  • Describe the basic pharmacologic effects of recreational drugs, their allure, and the kinds of damage they can cause.
  • Utilize methods to recognize drug abuse and get professional help for the abuser and their family.
  • Understand the dental implications of substance abuse, and what dental treatment modifications to consider when necessary.

Drug Classes to be covered include:


Morphine, Codeine, Heroin
Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone





Peyote, Psilocybin, Myristicin, LSD, Phencyclidine, Bufotenin, Nitrous Oxide, Volatile solvents


Amphetamines, Ecstasy and other club drugs
ADHD drugs, Caffeine, Catecholamines


Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Alcohol


Dr. JohnsonBART JOHNSON received his DDS from UCLA in 1985, a GPR Certificate in 1986, and an MS in Oral Biology in 1989. He came to Seattle in 1991 and was the Director of the UW GPR and tenured Associate Professor from 1991 to 2007. In January of 2008, he opened Seattle Special Care Dentistry (SSCD) with his business partner, Dr. Amy Winston. SSCD is a private practice dedicated to the care of medically/ physically/ emotionally and mentally compromised patients of all varieties. In 2009, Drs. Johnson and Winston started a new GPR program with Swedish Medical Center. It is fully CODA accredited and trains three residents per year. Dr. Johnson is the Director of this program. In his spare time he teaches courses in internal medicine, sedation, medical emergencies, physical diagnosis, pharmacology, BLS and ACLS. Locally he is active on the Executive Council and the Access-to-Care Committee of the Seattle-King County Dental Society, and is the co-director of the Northwest Kidney Center Charity Care project.

Bart loves playing with his family, stomping rain puddles, biking, backpacking, kayaking, snowshoeing, Harry Potter, and almost anything certifiably geeky.

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University of Washington designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

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