The Big Three: Opioids, Alcohol, and Marijuana
Their Impact on You, Your Family, and Your Dental Practice!

We will first discuss the addictive nature, abuse, and medicinal benefits of opioids and alcohol. For centuries opioids have been used to control pain and suffering, but at what cost to us, our families, and our dental practices? This section will uncover fascinating details regarding the origins and influence of alcohol and opioids and their significant effect on our society today.

The second half of the day will be devoted to marijuana. Twenty-three states have legalized marijuana for medical use. Ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Inevitably, some of these marijuana users will be treated by the dentist or hygienist.

What is it? Does it have any medicinal use? Is marijuana addicting? What are the effects of marijuana on driving ability? What are the effects of marijuana on intellectual development? What are “shatter,” “wax,” “dab” and “scat” and how do they differ? Is edible marijuana as effective as smoking or vaping? We will discuss some of the concerns about marijuana use/abuse, and its bearing on dental treatment.

  • Difference between synthetic and natural forms of “the big three.”
  • How these drugs have been useful in the past but are abused today.
  • Medicinal and recreational effects of these drugs on body systems.
  • Physical characteristics of marijuana.
  • Evidence supporting medicinal uses.
  • Differences among edible, vaping, and smoking marijuana.
  • The meaning of shatter, dab, wax, and scat.

Guest Speaker:

Cambridge, Maryland

DR. HAROLD L. CROSSLEY received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island. Later he was awarded the Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Pharmacology. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Dental School in Baltimore, where he was awarded his DDS degree in 1980.

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; and he has been a consultant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies since 1974. He 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 a recipient of the 2008 Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition award presented by the Chicago Dental Society; and the 2012 Award of Distinction presented by the Academy of Dentistry International for his efforts in Continuing Dental Education.

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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Friday, October 4, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (earn 7 credit hours)
at The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
$195 for Dentists • $145 for Auxiliaries/Residents
Code: 20D0205

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