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Course Description

Live Course in New Orleans, LA
Click here to learn more about this course by Interactive, Live Video Conference.

Addressing Opioid Abuse and Addiction Among Dental Patients

Presented by Scott Edwards, PhD, Tina Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS, Harry J. Gould III, MD, PhD, and Joseph "Joe" Kanter, MD, MPH 
Friday, June 22, 2018
at LSU School of Dentistry

Course #26-18
3.75 hours clinical CDE credit (lecture)
AGD #157 Substance Abuse (1.875 hours)
AGD #340 Prescription Medication Management (1.875 hours)

and Coffee: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Course Start Time: 8:30 am
Course End Time: no later than 12:30 pm

Registration Fee
$149 (Dentist)
$99 (Hygienist)
$49 (Assistant)

To Register
Registration closed on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Register Online (closed) - if multiple people from the same office register for this course, each person must register using their own email address.
Call: (504) 941-8193
Fax Registration Form with Payment to: (504) 941-8403
Mail Registration Form with Payment to: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education
                                                                 1100 Florida Avenue, Box 142-B, New Orleans, LA 70119

Meets the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry CE Requirements for an Opioid Management Course
The LA State Board of Dentistry mandates the following for an opioid management CE course that includes: "training on drug diversion, best practice prescribing of controlled substances or appropriate treatment for addiction. Successful completion of this three-hour requirement once during a dentist's career shall satisfy this requirement in full," as stated in the Professional and Occupational Standards for Dental Health Professionals, Louisiana Administrative Code §1611.A.3.

From the LA State Board website: In Act 76 of 2017 regular legislative session, the Louisiana Legislature has mandated that every healthcare provider with a license to prescribe controlled dangerous substances be required to complete 3 hours of opioid management CE as part of their regular CE requirements. This is a one-time requirement; in other words, the 3 hours of opioid management need only be taken once in one's career. Please refer to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry's website or call (225) 219-7330 for further details on the requirements.

Who is required to take this course?
Dentists licensed to practice in Louisiana are required to take this course as part of their relicensure requirements. Other states may require dentists and/or dental hygienists to take an opioid management course like this course. If you practice in a state other than Louisiana that mandates you take an opioid management course, please check with your state board of dentistry to ensure this course meets its requirements.

Who may take this course?
Any member of the dental team in Louisiana (or any other state) may register and take this course. This includes: dentists, dental hygienists, clinical dental assistants, business dental assistants, dental lab technicians, and front desk personnel.

The current prescription opioid abuse epidemic has dramatically affected both patients and their healthcare providers. As Louisiana averages 122 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, dental professionals are now challenged with balancing humane treatment of pain with opioid addiction risk. This continuing education course will provide dental providers with an overview of opioid use disorder symptoms, screening tools, and referral options. The goal of this course is to equip oral health care providers with the confidence and critical information needed to help combat this urgent crisis while still providing an optimum level of care for dental patients, a population that heavily relies on effective pain management.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, participants should be better able to:

  • Summarize the state of the opioid epidemic in Louisiana
  • Describe the neuroscience of opioid use disorder/addiction
  • List evidence-based tools used to identify opioid addiction risk
  • Describe the referral and follow-up process for opioid use disorder, including local resources
  • Identify best practices for the prescription of opioids

An estimated 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain - more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.

From CDC website:
Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States.

  • From 1999 to 2016, more than 630,000 people have died from a drug overdose.
  • Around 66% of the more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved an opioid
  • In 2016, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 5 times higher than in 1999.
  • On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.
  • Click here for more resources about addressing opioid abuse and addiction.


About the Presenters

Scott Edwards, PhD

Scott Edwards, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physiology and Neuroscience at LSUHSC-New Orleans. He is a member of the LSUHSC Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center of Excellence and has 20 years of experience as an addiction scientist and educator.

Tina Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS

Tina Gunaldo, PhD, DPT, MHS is the Director for the Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice at LSUHSC-New Orleans.  She develops, implements and evaluates new models for team-based education in academic settings and team-based collaboration in clinical settings.

Harry J. Gould III, MD, PhD

Harry J. Gould III, MD, PhD is a Professor of Neuroscience, Tom Benson Professor of Neurology, and director of the Comprehensive Pain Fellowship Program at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He is also on the Board of Directors of the American Pain Association. His clinical research is related to pain management, drug discovery and cancer therapy.

Joseph M. Kanter, MD, MPH

Joseph "Joe" Kanter, MD, MPH is Director of Health for the City of New Orleans. He oversees the New Orleans Health Department and coordinates clinical services, public health initiatives, and health emergency preparedness across the municipality. A practicing Emergency Physician at University Medical Center, primary care physician at the Health Care for the Homeless clinic, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at both LSU Health Sciences Center and Tulane School of Medicine, Dr. Kanter cares for a broad and extremely diverse spectrum of patients in the New Orleans area, including some of the most vulnerable in our community. 

Hotel Accommodations
Courtyard New Orleans Metairie
2 Galleria Blvd
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: (504) 838-3800 or 1 (800) 654-3990

Room Rate: $109/night plus applicable taxes
Group Name Mention: Opioids Course Jun2018
Last Day to Book: June 1, 2018
Reserve Room Online: Book your group room rate here>>

LSU Health New Orleans School of Dentistry/The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP neither approves or nor endorses individual courses or instructors nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Continuing Education Credit: CE credit awarded for participation in a course or activity may not apply toward license renewal in all states. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the requirements of his or her state licensing board.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc./ (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) reserves the right to cancel any course should circumstances warrant such action. In the event a course is cancelled, the Academy will refund the full tuition. If you cancel your registration for this course, the Academy will refund the tuition you paid (minus an administrative cancellation). We must receive your written cancellation request no later than June 8, 2018 by mail, fax at (504) 941-8403, or email at If LSU Health New Orleans CDE receives notification of your cancellation after June 8, 2018, it will result in forfeiture of the entire tuition.

Nonrefundable Airline Ticket, Flight Change, or Hotel Reservation:
The Louisiana Academy of Continuing Dental Education, Inc. (d/b/a: LSU Health New Orleans Continuing Dental Education) cannot be held responsible for the cost of a nonrefundable airline ticket, flight change, or hotel room reservation in the event a course is cancelled or rescheduled.

Please: No recording devices in lecture rooms, and turn mobile phones off.


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