UW School of Dentistry

CE1705: Street Drugs Exposed

What Your Patients and Your Kids are not Telling You

Harold Crossley, DDS, PhD

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Course Description

What questions should I be asking my patients to avoid drug interactions with street drugs? What is the impact on my practice of the recent resolutions, approved by the American Dental Association, for providing dental care for patients who are and/or have been chemically dependent? What are some of the oral manifestations of street drug abuse? How will I know if a person is under the influence of street drugs? What are the characteristics of and how do I manage the “doctor shopper”? Do I have to take any precautions with the dental patient who is under the influence? Why is it so important that the dental staff be knowledgeable about street drugs? Why am I at risk? What are some characteristics of adolescent substance abuse and what do I do about it?

The dental team is in a unique position providing dental care to a patient population that may be regular users or experimenting with mood altering drugs. This dynamic, brutally honest, and graphic presentation will take you from the streets and into the office to help you identify and manage the substance abusing patient. Discussion includes the origins, types, mechanisms of action, and signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs.

Course Objectives

As a result of attending this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents.
  • Know which medications to avoid with the suspected drug abusing patient.
  • Recognize and manage the doctor shopper.
  • Manage the chemically-dependent patient.
  • Describe “meth mouth”, “lean”, “whippets”, “parachuting”, “bath salts”, “Spice Diamond, Spice Gold” and more.
  • Understand how your kid can get intoxicated on hand sanitizer.
  • Answer the questions “Is marijuana addicting?” and “Does marijuana have medical properties?”

Instructor

Dr. Hal Crossley

Dr. Hal Crossley

Harold L. Crossley, DDS, MS, PhD is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. A native of Rhode Island, Dr. Crossley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He later was awarded the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the D.D.S. degree in 1980. The liaison between the classroom and his part-time dental practice produced a practical approach to understanding the pharmacology of drugs used in the dental office.

Dr. Crossley has co-authored a number of articles and four books dealing with a variety of topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency. He serves on the Maryland State Dental Association’s Well-Being Committee, is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and an honorary member of the Thomas B. Hinman Dental Society. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society and the recipient of the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.

Disclosures

  • Dr. Crossley has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the University of Washington Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Course Logistics

DATE:
Saturday, September 30, 2017

LOCATION:
University of Washington
Health Sciences Center
Turner Auditorium, Room D209
Seattle, WA 98195

TARGET AUDIENCE:
This course is designed for the whole dental team.

REGISTER:
Download Course Application Form
or
Register Online (available beginning July 1, 2017).

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

TUITION – price includes lunch:
Until September 27, 2017(after, $25 more)
$279/Dentist
$179/Staff
$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.


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