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T. F. Bowser Memorial Lecture: Street Drugs Exposed What Your Patients and Your Kids are Not Telling You
Saturday, April 12, 2014


This graphic presentation will examine recreational drug use, from the streets to the office, to help identify and manage the substance abusing patient.

The dental medicine team is in the unique position of providing dental care to a patient population who may be regular users of or experimenting with mood altering drugs. What questions should be asked to avoid adverse interactions between medically appropriate drugs and street drugs? What are some of the oral manifestations of street drug abuse? Why is it important that the dental staff be knowledgeable about street drug use? What are some recognizable characteristics of adolescent substance abuse and what can be done about it?


Upon completion of this course, participants will learn:
the signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in adult
   and adolescent patients
which medications should be avoided for the suspected drug-abusing patient
to identify meth mouth, lean, whippets, parachuting, bath salts, Spice Diamond,
   Spice Gold, and other oral signs of drug use
how adolescents use common hand sanitizer to become intoxicated

Recommended for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, receptionists, and spouses*

*Attendees must be 18 years of age or older. No exceptions will be made.

Harold Crossley DDS, MS, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland Dental School and recognized nationally and internationally as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency, as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs

Time 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Dates 4/12/2014
Location Scaife Hall, Auditorium 5 and 6
Package Tuition $25/If you attend a series of 4 courses at an off-campus location. See off-campus course calendar
Tuition $75/Dentist
Credit 4 hours
Course 85414
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