Learn how to identify drug-seeking patients in upcoming webinar

An upcoming webinar aims to educate dentists on how to interview patients with addiction problems and identify those who are just seeking drugs.

prescription drugsInterviewing and Counseling Patients with Substance Use Disorders and Drug-Seeking Patients is scheduled for Feb. 18 from 2-3 p.m. Central time. Michael O’Neil, Pharm.D., professor of pharmacy practice at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee, will lead the webinar and review basic interview and counseling skills that help optimize patient care and protect dentists from patients who may have criminal intent.

Dentists may find themselves the targets of prescription drug diversion scams and schemes and the webinar will provide tips on how to talk to patients about their intentions and counseling that will help minimize risks to the patient and dentist.

To register, contact Alison Siwek at siweka@ada.org. Registration closes Feb. 16.

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