Opioid CE Must Be Completed By Dec. 31 For Licensure Renewal; ODA Has Free Course For Members

Prescription DrugsThe Ohio State Dental Board is requiring all dentists to complete two hours of continuing education on opioid prescribing and related issues. The rule requires two hours of CE for each of the next two bienniums in order for dentists to renew their license in Ohio. The current biennium ends on Dec. 31, 2021, and dentists must complete this requirement by that time in order to renew their licenses. This requirement applies to all Ohio licensed dentists, whether or not they write prescriptions.

To help ODA members meet this requirement, the Ohio Dental Association has created a free online CE course, “A Dentist’s Guide to Recognizing and Understanding Addiction and Engaging in Responsible Prescribing Practices.” The two hour course on opioid prescribing and other addiction-related information is available at www.oda.org exclusively to ODA members as a benefit of membership.

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 president of the Ohio State Dental Board (OSDB) and worked closely with the Opioid Committee in drafting prescribing rules for the state of Ohio.

The ODA House of Delegates adopted a policy on opioid prescribing at its 2018 meeting.

The policy supports continuing education for dentists in prescribing opioids and other controlled substances.

The policy also supports statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain, while also recognizing the need for clinical judgment in pain management and to determine patient care.

Additionally, the policy supports dentists registering for and utilizing OARRS, Ohio’s prescription monitoring database to promote the appropriate use of controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes and deter the misuse, abuse and diversion of these substances.

ODA members can access the free online CE course to fulfill the OSDB’s requirement by visiting www.oda.org. Hygienists are also required to complete two hours of opioid continuing education to renew their licenses. The 2021 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 virtually and in-person at the 2021 ODA Annual Session, visit www.oda.org.