Professors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry are taking the lead in the dental field to combat the growing opioid epidemic in hopes that their measures will translate to other practices and fields. An article in UAB News describes how the school aims to teach future dentists about the role they can play to help curb the impact of the opioid crisis.
Key pillars of UAB’s approach:
- Managing patients’ expectations for pain following a dental procedure
- Knowing which patients and cases warrant opioid pain relievers instead of NSAIDs
- Learning how to recognize and address opioid addiction as a disease
Nico Geurs, DDS, chair of UAB’s Department of Periodontology, and Michael S. Reddy, DMD, DMSc, dean of the UAB School of Dentistry, have been selected as representatives on a new opioid council formed by the American Dental Education Association. The council aims to implement transformative measures in dental education curricula on the student and practitioner levels.
HealthFirst salutes the UAB School of Dentistry for its leadership role in training future dentists to fight the opioid crisis.
HealthFirst equips dentists to respond to opioid overdoses
HealthFirst has also taken a leadership position to confront the opioid epidemic. HealthFirst has added NARCAN® Nasal Spray (naloxone HCl) to the core set of medications in the SM Series basic emergency medical kits, which are trusted by tens of thousands of dental offices around the USA and are endorsed for ADA members.
NARCAN Nasal Spray is easy to administer, and SM Series kits include two of the sprays. Now general dentists can be equipped with NARCAN to save a patient’s life in the event of an opioid overdose.
Learn more about the SM Series emergency medical kit.