Title: Opioids: Current Status of the Crisis, Response, and Future Directions
Speaker: Scott K. Winiecki, MD, Team Lead, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement Staff, Safe Use Team, Food and Drug Administration
Dr. Scott Winiecki received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed his pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After 12 years in private pediatric practice, he joined FDA in 2011. In 2012, he received the FDA’s "Outstanding New Reviewer" Award for his work on thromboembolism following immune globulin products. In 2014, he received a Public Health Achievement Award for leading the first project at FDA to use Sentinel electronic data combined with medical record review to rapidly refine a safety concern. In September, 2016, he joined the Safe Use Initiative at FDA, continuing his work in promoting patient safety and reducing preventable harm.
Description: This webinar will focus on the current state of the opioid crisis, including deaths from prescription and illicit opioids, prescribing trends, and steps being taken to address the crisis. The role of the FDA and state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs will be discussed. Recent publications on appropriate prescribing as related to dentistry will be reviewed. Future actions, as recommended by several expert panels, will be presented. Finally, the webinar will cover safe disposal of unused medication, in order to decrease the risk of diversion and abuse.
Participants: Continuing education credits issued for participation in this course may not apply toward license renewal in all licensing jurisdictions. It is the responsibility of each participant to verify the CE requirements of his/her licensing or regulatory agency.