Florida Dental Convention

FDC2021 Session Directory

“Take it on the Run, Baby!” Street Drugs, Substance Abuse, Clinical Considerations and Patient Care Planning

Course Code: C44
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Viola, RPh, CPP
CE Hours: 3.00
Start: Friday, June 25, 2021, 2:00 PM
End: Friday, June 25, 2021, 5:00 PM
Audience: Dentists, Assistants, Hygienists, Administrative Staff, Laboratory Technician, Dental Student


It’s a fast-paced world and, unfortunately, many patients are seeking the assistance of substances to cope and get through their busy, trying days. However, the use and abuse of both illicit and legal substances have the potential to produce systemic adverse reactions and life-threatening medical emergencies during dental treatment. This lecture will provide attendees with an overview of the most common abused substances along with their potential contraindications to dental treatment and the resulting necessity, if any, for dosage modifications of commonly used dental drugs. Special emphasis will be given to patients using cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.

Learning objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health.
  • identify the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence and discuss street names, common adverse affects, oral manifestations, dental treatment considerations, etc.
  • describe techniques useful in identifying and successfully managing patient substance use and dependency.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Viola, RPh, CPP, Pharmacology Declassified

About the speaker: Founder, Pharmacology Declassified; clinical pharmacist with more than 30 years’ experience specializing in the care of medically complex patients.

Disclosure: I or members of my immediate family have a financial relationship with Pharmacology Declassified that may be relevant to this presentation.

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