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

Upcoming Opioid Webinars from ADA

The ADA is offering two upcoming webinars, "Pain and Patient Expectations: Using Motivational Interviewing to Promote Best Practices" on July 17 and "Emergency Department Referral Model In Action: Addressing Dental Access, Opioid Prevention and Pain Management" on August 6.

Pain and Patient Expectations: Using Motivational Interviewing to Promote Best Practices
Wednesday, July 17
11 AM-12:15 PM PT

Although opioid pain medications are no longer considered first line treatment for acute dental pain in the United States, patients and dental providers may still have expectations surrounding their use. In this webinar, we will explore the state of the opioid overdose crisis in the U.S., evidence-based recommendations for prescribing opioids and how motivational interviewing can be used to educate patients, align expectations, and steer encounters towards best practices in order to provide safe and effective care.

Webinar participants are eligible for one (1) unit of CE credit. 

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Emergency Department Referral Model In Action: Addressing Dental Access, Opioid Prevention and Pain Management
Tuesday, August 6
10-11 AM PT

The high frequency of utilization of the hospital ED by patients seeking care for non-emergent dental conditions provided the impetus for Mercy Health, Ohio's largest healthcare provider, to develop strategic approaches to pain management and the opioid crisis by creating a definitive care concept, an evidence-based pain management curriculum, a substance abuse screening tool, and strategic utilization of the electronic medical record to track inappropriate prescribing profiles to alert and educate prescribers relative to best practices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the development, operational approach and rationale for implementing the Definitive Care Concept
  • Recognize evidence-based approaches to pain management including preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative approaches
  • Recognize the benefits of creating tools to improve identification of at-risk patients, encourage early treatment referrals, establish acute withdrawal protocols and provide more efficient access to available PDMP databases

One hour of continuing education credit is available to all participants who remain connected for at least 45 minutes.

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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