PHARMACOLOGY / DRUGS
Street Drugs Exposed: What Your Patients
and Your Kids Are Not Telling You!
What questions should I be asking my patients to avoid drug interactions with street drugs?
What is the impact on my practice of recent resolutions approved by the ADA for providing dental care for patients who are, or have been, chemically dependent?
What are some oral manifestations of street drug abuse?
How will I know if a person is under the influence of street drugs?
What are characteristics of and how do I manage “doctor shoppers”?
Do I have to take any precautions with a dental patient who is under the influence?
Why is it so important the dental staff be knowledgeable about street drugs?
Why am I at risk?
What are some characteristics of adolescent substance abuse and what do I do about it?
The dental team is in a unique position providing dental care to a patient population that may be regular users or experimenting with mood altering drugs. This dynamic, brutally honest, and graphic presentation will take you from the streets and into the office to help you identify and manage the substance abusing patient. Discussion includes the origins, types, mechanisms of action, and signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs.
- Signs and symptoms of commonly abused prescription and illicit drugs in patients and adolescents.
- What medications to avoid with a suspected drug abusing patient.
- How to recognize and manage the doctor shopper.
- How to manage the chemically-dependent patient.
- What are meth mouth, lean, whippets, parachuting, bath salts, spice diamond/spice gold, and more.
- How can my kid get intoxicated on hand sanitizer?
- Is marijuana addicting?
- Does marijuana have medical properties?
HAROLD L. CROSSLEY, DDS, MS, PhD
DR. HAROLD CROSSLEY is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School. A native of Rhode Island, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He later was awarded the Master of Science (1970) and Doctorate degrees (1972) in Pharmacology. The University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore awarded Dr. Crossley the DDS degree in 1980. The liaison between the classroom and his part-time dental practice produced a practical approach to understanding the pharmacology of drugs used in the dental office.
Dr. Crossley has co-authored a number of articles and four books dealing with a variety of topics within the field of pharmacology. Other areas of expertise include the pharmacology of street drugs and chemical dependency. 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 and the recipient of the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education. He has been a consultant for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. Drawing on this unique background, Dr. Crossley has become nationally and internationally recognized as an expert on street drugs and chemical dependency as well as the clinical pharmacology of dental drugs.
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