The Ohio Dental Association recently released a new online opioid CE course to help member dentists meet their Ohio State Dental Board license renewal requirement as well as the DEA registration requirement.

“An Update on Opioid Addiction Issues and Responsible Prescribing” is a 2 hour course on opioid prescribing and other addiction-related information. It is available for free at exclusively to ODA members as a benefit of membership.

This course meets the OSDB’s requirement for all dentists to complete 2 hours of continuing education on opioid prescribing and related issues. Dentists must complete this CE by Dec. 31, 2023 in order to renew their license. This requirement applies to all Ohio licensed dentists, whether or not they write prescriptions.

This course can also be combined with 6 additional hours of education from courses with similar content to meet the DEA opioid training requirement. All DEA-registered practitioners who renew their DEA registration on or after June 27 will be required to complete 8 hours of training on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.

The course features Dr. Sharon Parsons, who is a general dentist from Bexley and the 2019-2020 president of the ODA. Parsons has a compelling story of how the opioid crisis and addiction affected her and her family directly.

Dr. David Kimberly, an oral surgeon in private practice in Akron and the 2020-2021 president of the ODA, explains how the addiction crisis has impacted his approach to prescribing pain medication in his practice.

Dr. Kumar Subramanian, an endodontist in Pickerington and a part-time educator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, also speaks in the CE course. He is a member of the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) and worked closely with the Opioid Committee in drafting prescribing rules for the state of Ohio.

ODA members can access the free online CE course to fulfill the OSDB’s requirement by clicking here. Hygienists are also required to complete two hours of opioid continuing education to renew their licenses. The 2023 ODA Annual Session will offer a course to meet this requirement via its virtual platform. To learn more about this and other courses being offered at the 2023 ODA Annual Session, click here.