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Howard County Dental Association is pleased to offer the following continuing education course:  


MSDA Headquarters
8901 Herrmann Drive | Columbia
6:30 p.m.   
Light refreshments will be provided


Proper Pharmacologic Prescribing & Disposal for Dental Practitioners


featuring Richard L. Wynn, PhD

2 CE  Credits - AGD 010 Basic Science

This course fulfills the requirement for relicensure.

Open to HCDA Members Only

Course Description:

Every dentist seeking renewal must complete a two-hour board-approved course on proper prescribing and disposal of prescription drugs. Dentists who do not prescribe prescription drugs are not exempt. For dentists holding drug dispensing permits, the course may not be taken to fulfill the continuing education requirements contained in SB 603, Chapter 267, Laws of Maryland 2012. This course fulfills the new MSBDE (COMAR 10.44.22) requirement for relicensure.

The goal of this course is to articulate and inform licensees about the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners requirements (COMAR 10.44.22) and to address the role that dental practitioners play in preventing prescription drug abuse.


Topics to be covered:


  • Proper prescription writing

  • Review of DEA schedule of controlled substances

  • The most commonly abused prescribed drugs

  • Opioid dependency and educating patients when prescribing

  • Alternatives to opioid therapy for treating patients experiencing pain

  • Prescribing for non-patients or family members without a documented history of treatment

  • Prescribing for non-dental purposes

  • Recognizing the dependent patients and the “doctor shoppers”

  • Self-prescribing and diversion

  • Availability of support services for dependent practitioners

  • Safeguarding prescription pads and the use of electronic prescribing

  • Best practices for appropriate handling and disposal of medications and controlled substances

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Write a prescription in proper format for an opioid pain reliever

  • List the nonopioid drugs as opioid alternatives for post surgery pain control

  • Know the 5 DEA schedules of drugs and the important drugs within each

  • List the most commonly abused prescribed drugs

  • Recognize dependent patients and doctor shoppers

  • Know best practices for handling and disposal of controlled substances

  • Be familiar with support services for dependent practitioners

About our speaker:

Richard L. Wynn, PhD


Richard L. Wynn, PhD is Professor of Pharmacology at the Dental School, University of Maryland, Baltimore. He was awarded the BS in Pharmacy, MS and PhD degrees all from the University of Maryland. He was a practicing pharmacist for 10 years. He chaired the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland Dental School from 1980 to 1990, and the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, 1990-1995. Previously he chaired the Department of Oral Biology at the University of Kentucky Dental School in Lexington. His research laboratories have contributed to development of fentanyl-type intravenous anesthetics, inhalant anesthetics and agents for control of chemotherapy-induced nausea. He has to his credit over 400 publications including original research articles, textbooks, book chapters, and monographs. He has given continuing education seminars since 1975 to dental professionals in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe. He is the lead author and chief editor of Drug Information Handbook for Dentistry, now in its 25th edition, published by LexiComp, Inc. He is the lead dental content author for the LexiComp Online Dental Web Applications including Iphone, Ipad and Android platforms. He is a consultant to the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners in course development for opiate prescribing and disposal for Maryland licensees. His chief interest is in teaching pharmacology to dental and dental hygiene students, and in keeping dental professionals informed of current and new drug information relative to dental practice.

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