UOR 2014 People are creating lethal concoctions using everything from poppy seeds to cold medication to create a high. The tide is changing, and new synthetic drugs are emerging. In 2011, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older or 8.7 percent of the population had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication (such as a pain reliever, stimulant, or tranquilizer) in the past month. That means for every 100 patients in the average practice, almost 9 will have used illicit drugs in the past month. As dental health-care professionals, it is vital to be aware of the use of street drugs. Street drugs have a direct effect on a person’s health, lifestyle, ability to function, and mental status. Dental professionals must have knowledge of the symptoms of use, possible side effects, drug interactions with medications, and dental treatment considerations. This course will aid in delivering appropriate dental treatment and patient education.
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