Opioid Prescribing Resources

WSDA has compiled a list of information and resources regarding the prescription of opioids and the prevention of opioid abuse.

New opioid prescribing rules for dentists in Washington became effective January 26, 2019. 

Read a summary on the WSDA Blog.

Opioid CE Opportunities

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Free ADA Webinar: Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

The ADA is hosting a May 8 webinar on the opioid overdose epidemic to help dentists learn how to deal with the root causes of the epidemic.

Analgesic Prescribing in the Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Milligram of Prevention is Better than a Pound of Rehabilitation will take place on Wednesday, May 8 from 11 AM-12 PM PT, and is part of the ADA’s Opioid Webinar series. The webinar is free and participants are eligible for one hour of continuing education through ADA CERP. 

Dr. Raymond Dionne, a dentist and clinical pharmacologist who conducted clinical pain research at the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years, will moderate the event. Dr. Dionne is currently a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a research professor at the East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine.

At the end of the webinar, dentists will:

  • Understand the causes that have contributed to the current opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S.
  • Appreciate that non-opioid alternatives are more effective and can be administered to prevent acute pain and inflammation rather than attempt to manage acute pain poorly with opioids that do not  have anti-inflammatory efficacy.
  • Better understand how they can contribute to minimizing the overdose crisis by educating patients, evaluating their opioid prescribing history using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and managing an opioid overdose in the dental office.

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Opioid Resources

Using the Prescription Monitoring Program

If you are new to using the PMP or want to refresh your knowledge of the system, the Department of Health (DOH) provides several resources to make the process easier.

Training Guide
The DOH provides a detailed training guide document for practitioners learning how to use the PMP.

Read the Guide
Training Videos
If you prefer your training in video format, the DOH YouTube channel provides short, step-by-step instructional videos on PMP topics, such as:

The channel also provides a complete tutorial video on how to use the system.

See All Videos
Provider FAQs
Visit the DOH website for a list of PMP frequently asked questions.

See Provider FAQs