A Dental Professional's Field Guide to Substance Abuse

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Learning objectives

  • List the most common oral symptoms of illegal drug use.
  • Explain the mechanism and role of neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, in addiction.
  • Distinguish between drinking habits of social alcohol users vs. alcohol-dependent drinkers.
  • Compare and contrast substance abuse, physical dependence, and addiction.
  • Explain how a poor diet and xerostomia, in combination, contribute to decay.
  • Compare and contrast the hazards of smoking methods such as cigarettes, cigars, and hookahs.
  • List the most common oral cancerous and precancerous conditions associated with cigarette smoking.
  • List the segments of the U.S. population most likely to use smokeless tobacco.
  • List contraindications for patients who are excessive alcohol users and reformed alcoholics.
  • List the oral conditions more common in marijuana smokers.
  • Describe the oral indications of stimulant abuse.
  • List the potential adverse drug interactions for patients who use cocaine.
  • Contrast patterns of drug use between designer-drug users and traditional drug users.
  • Describe the characteristics associated with meth mouth, including why meth mouth is a misleading term.
  • Describe the implications of chronic IV drug use on the oral cavity.
  • List the most common sources for nonmedical opioid prescription drugs.
  • Describe the physiological effects that most commonly cause fatalities with excessive opioid use.
  • Define nonmedical use of prescription drugs, according to the U.S. National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
  • List strategies for minimizing prescription drug diversion through responsible prescribing practices.
  • List common characteristics and strategies of drug-seeking behavior.
  • Explain the potential drug interactions and contraindications of anesthesia and sedation for the following types of drug abuse: alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and opioids.
  • Discuss strategies for pain control in opioid addicts or former addicts.
  • Explain the rationale for drug screening and intervention in the dental office.
  • List the bodies of law and legal requirements governing communication among health care providers regarding substance abuse.
  • Explain the significance of the 5 A’s and SBIRT in substance abuse intervention.
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