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Continuing Education Course


“Opioid Use, Misuse, and Abuse and  Potpourri of Clinical and Practical Dental Pharmacology”

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Location: Chez Josef in Agawam

Time: 8:00am-4:00pm (Registration starts at 7:45am)

Topic: This program will have two parts.  The first half will discuss the addictive nature, abuse, and medicinal benefits of opioids.  For centuries opioids have been used to control pain and suffering, but at what cost to us, our families, and our dental practices?  How does the opioid crisis impact your daily treatment plans?  This section will uncover fascinating details regarding the origins and influence of opioids and their significant effect on our society today.  The second half of the day will be devoted to the most common physician-prescribed medications taken by your patients that may impact their dental treatment.  What common antifungal medication is contraindicated in patients taking clopidogrel and what is the most common antibiotic prophylaxis required for patients with an orthopedic prosthesis?  What is the new FDA warning about codeine and tramadol in children?  How is marijuana going to impact your dental treatment?  Familiarity with these drugs will provide the dental practitioner with a better appreciation for the health profile of their dental patient.  

At the conclusion of this course attendees will know:
1. Why your patient is taking their medications
2. Prescriptions, OTC medications, and foods that could adversely interact with dental drugs
3. The impact of medical marijuana on your dental practice
4. How to minimize prescribing opioids for surgeries
5. How to combine analgesics to maximize their effects
6. Current recommendations for SBE and orthopedic prosthesis prophylaxis

Speaker: Dr. Harold Crossley is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964, the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the D.D.S. degree in 1980. He serves on the Maryland State Dental Association’s Well-Being Committee, is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society, the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and an honorary member of the Thomas B. Hinman Dental Society. He was the recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society.

Financial Disclosure:  Dr. Crossley has no conflicts to disclose.

The following grants have been applied to this program: TD Bank, York Dental Laboratories, and Sweitzer Construction

The Food: Breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, French toast, home fries and bacon, assorted breakfast breads, as well as coffee, tea, juice, soda, and bottled water.

Lunch will consist of an Executive Sandwich buffet, assorted cookies and brownies, and coffee/tea/soda/bottled water.


The credits: 7 CEU – Lecture

                 The Valley District Dental Society designates this activity for 7 continuing education credits.

    Recommended audience:  Dental Assistants, Hygienists, Office Personnel and Dentists.


Valley District Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by the Massachusetts Dental Society.  ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE Provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

Valley District Dental Society is designated as an approved PACE Program provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal Continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 8/25/17 to 8/24/2021. Subject code 148



In order to streamline our registration process and control costs, the Valley District Dental Society has implemented a new online registration/payment portal.  Click the following link

and select the correct ticket types for Doctors, Non-ADA Doctors, Retired Dentists/Residents or Auxiliaries/Students in your practice.  You will be asked for the names of all attendees and can pay using a credit card.  Please print your tickets & bring them with you. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AFTER MAY 5, 2019.


Registration runs through May 5th at the following rates:


Doctor (ADA Dentist) - $295                             Non-ADA Dentist - $375

Retired Dentist/Resident - $165                     Auxiliary/Student - $150


NO REGISTRATION WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MAY 5th.  There is no registration at the door.  If you would like to pay by check or call in credit card information to Amy at any time prior to May 5th, please be aware that an additional $5 fee per person will apply. You may call Amy at the Valley District Dental Society at 413-568-8200 Monday, Wednesday, or Fridays from 10a.m. until 3p.m.



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