Recreational Drugs: Windows into our Brains?

Bart Johnson

Learn how street drugs can affect your patients and the outcome of your dentistry.

Instructor: Dr. Bart Johnson, DDS, MS
Date:
Friday, December 6, 2014
Time: 8:30 AM-5:00 PM
Credit: 7 CE Lecture Credit Hours
Tuition: Dentists: $175     Hygienists: $125 
Location: OHSU/OAGD Department of Continuing Education, 611 SW Campus Dr. Portland OR 97239

Many of your patients are, or have been, chemically dependent at some point in their lives. This course will detail common drugs that are abused and the astonishing behaviors used by addicts during the active addiction. Don’t miss valuable information about the dental manifestations and dental treatment issues related to recreational drug use. The course will explore the history and personality of drugs, current social issues surrounding them, challenges we face, and how recreational drugs are being used for medicinal purposes. This course will also include a discussion of the multiple classes of substances being abused, basic pharmacologic effects, how they are taken and hidden, the alluring effects addicts seek, and the damage the drugs inflict on their brains and bodies. And finally, brain physiology, the impaired professional, recovery resources, and how to educate kids and patients about not trying drugs, or getting help if they need it will be addressed.

Objectives:

• Recognize resources for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of drug addiction
• Learn about the brain biochemistry of natural receptors involved in substances of abuse
• Understand the dental implications of substance abuse

Discussion of the following drugs will be included:

• Opiates (heroin, prescriptions)
• Marijuana, steroids, tobacco, and volatile solvents
• Hallucinogens (LSD, peyote, psilocybin, bufotenin, myristicin, etc.)
• Stimulants (Cocaine, amphetamines, club drugs, catecholamines)
• Depressants (barbiturates, benzodiazepines, alcohol)
• Unusual drugs, methods and combinations

Speaker: Barton S. Johnson, DDS, MS is the Director of the General Practice Residency program at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He is a co-owner of Seattle Special Care Dentistry, a private practice focusing on the care of medically complex patients. Bart is a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry, and a Fellow in the American Association of Hospital Dentists.



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