Friday, September 18th, 2020

9:00am - 12:00pm

"Generation RX: Uppers, Downers and All Arounders"
Speaker: Edie Gibson, RDH, MS (3CEU)
Course Description: 

Illicit drug use and abuse has skyrocketed and is now an epidemic. Our society has unlimited access to many mind-altering, highly addictive drugs and has embraced this counter-culture as part of everyday life. The oral and systemic adverse effects of illicit drug abuse, including the damage they can cause to vital neural pathways, needs to be understood. As health care professionals, we are ideal first responders and poised to help our patients that use in an unhealthy manner STOP the cycle of addiction. 

Participants should learn to: 

  • Identify the top five drugs of abuse

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of substance use disorder and addiction, including oral manifestations

  • Appreciate how illicit drugs adversely affect the brain and its' vital neural pathways

  • Develop communication strategies to improve patient engagement

"Smoking Out the REAL Truth! Vaping and Cannabis in Today's World"

Speaker: Edie Gibson, RDH, MS (3CEU)

Course Description: 

With vaping an escalating trend, especially in our youth, and marijuana now legal in many states, a shifting paradigm of drug use is evolving. New studies have shed light  on the danger of vaping chemicals while uncovering the potential health benefits of cannabis. The ability to communicate these new issues to our patients is critical as health care providers. This program will uncover the mysteries of E-Cigs, JUULing, recreational and medical cannabis, and expose the reality hidden by the "smoke and mirrors". 

Particiants should learn to: 

  • Understand the oral and systeic affects of nicotene-delivery systems (ENDS) and marijuana

  • Distinguish myth vs. reality of the medicinal aspect of marijuana and "safety" of ENDS (E-cigs/vaping)

  • Identify the current trends in vaping and marijuana use



2:00pm - 5:00pm