Star of the North Meeting

April 23โ€“25, 2020 St. Paul, MN

Future Dates: April 22-24, 2021 and April 28-30, 2022

2020 Seminars

The Star of the North conference offers a wide range of professional development seminars that allow dental professionals to earn CE credits. Click on each seminar below for more information, including pricing.

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Take It on the Run, Baby! Street Drugs, Substance Abuse, Clinical

Considerations and Patient Care Planning
April 25, 2020
9:00 am โ€“ 11:30 am
  • Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

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

Learning Objectives:
1) Discuss the impact of substance dependence and abuse on dental therapy and on overall patient health.
2) Identify the most common illicit and licit substances of abuse and dependence.
3) Describe techniques useful in identifying and successfully managing patient substance use and dependency.

Financial Disclaimer: Speaker receives financial support from Colgate and Procter & Gamble.

This program is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant provided by 3M.

Course Number: S22

Recommended for

  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Therapist
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Student Dentists

About the speaker

Thomas Viola, R.Ph., C.C.P.

Dr. Viola, the founder of “Pharmacology Declassified”, is a board-certified pharmacist who also serves the profession of dentistry as a clinical educator, professional speaker and published author. He is a member of the faculty of ten dental professional degree programs and has received several awards for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.


Fundamental CE Credits 2.5
Elective CE Credits 0
DANB Credits 0
Core CE Credits 0
Core Topic N/A


Dentist Early Bird Fee $35.00
Staff Early Bird Fee $35.00
Dentist Regular Fee $45.00
Staff Regular Fee $45.00