Chemical Dependency and Controlled Substance Prescribing

Dates, Times, Locations, and Parking

Friday, December 7, 2018
10 a.m. – 12 noon (CST)
UTHSC Campus
Dunn Dental Building, 875 Union Ave., Memphis, TN

Parking: Dental Patient Lot (O Lot) located southwest of Dunn Dental Bldg. is $3/weekdays. Metered parking is also available for a cost along S. Dunlap St.

Course Description

Chemical dependency is a widespread condition that effects men, women and children alike. Prescription drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine are the most prevalent forms of addictive substances.  Effective July 1, 2014, all prescribers in Tennessee who hold a current federal drug enforcement administration (DEA) license and who prescribe controlled substances shall be required to complete a minimum of two hours of continuing education related to controlled substance prescribing. This course will help providers reduce problems associated with prescription opiates while maintaining access to compassionate care and appropriate medications for patients living with chronic pain. This course will provide an overview of substance abuse, addiction, and current rehabilitation strategies.  The potential impact of substance abuse on the dental practice will also be discussed.

Course Objectives

  • Identify the most commonly abused drugs including prescription medications and illegal street drugs.
  • Describe systemic health effects associated with substance abuse and chemical dependency.
  • Identify symptoms and intraoral manifestations of drug abuse.
  • Discuss the role of the dental office staff in identifying and facilitating recovery for patients who are chemically dependent.

Course Presenter

Dr. James C. Ragain, Jr. is a native East Tennessean. He attended the University of Tennessee- Knoxville earning the Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Biological Sciences in 1976. Immediately after college and prior to entering dental school, he served as a health care administrator in the U.S. Army. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) in 1984, Dr. Ragain was commissioned in the Navy Dental Corps. During his tenure in the Navy he completed postgraduate programs in Operative Dentistry (Master of Science degree in Restorative Dentistry, University of Michigan) and Oral Biology/Dental Materials (Doctor of Philosophy degree, The Ohio State University). While in the Navy, he served in numerous senior administrative positions in clinical dentistry and dental research, and he held several adjunct faculty positions. Among those assignments, he directed the largest Operative Dentistry department in the Navy (Naval Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, IL), and he commanded the Naval Dental Research Institute/ Naval Institute for Dental and Biomedical Research for four years. Dr. Ragain retired from the Navy in 2013 and became a faculty member of the College of Dentistry, UTHSC. Currently appointed as Associate Professor in Restorative Dentistry, he is the director for the undergraduate dental biomaterials courses. He authored or co-authored over 75 professional publications, and he holds three U.S. patent awards. He is on the editorial board of four professional journals, and he served on a joint IOM-NASA subcommittee studying dental issues and treatment of astronauts deployed on long-term space missions. Dr. Ragain has served as a member of the UTHSC College of Dentistry Alumni Board of Trustees for ten years. An active member of the board, he has held several official board positions, and he is a Past President of the University of Tennessee Dental Alumni Association. He is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists.

Tuition and CE credit

$100 per person and 2 hours CE credit

All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Class space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration less than 10 business days prior to the course is subject to available space and a $25 late registration fee. 

*This course meets the state dental licensure requirement for DEA holders.*


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