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Dentists Gather to Talk About Opioid Abuse Prevention

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March 12, 2019
Dentists Gather to Talk About Opioid Abuse Prevention, Thursday, March 28, 6-9 p.m. Yakima Hilton Garden Inn, Cascade Room

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Dental Society and Northwest Dental Residency are inviting area dentists to join Dr. Gary M. Franklin as he talks about “Opioid Abuse Prevention in the Practice of Dentistry.”

This event is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Yakima Garden Hilton, in the Cascade Room. There will be appetizers and a no-host bar.

Dr. Franklin is a research professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Medicine (Neurology), as well as Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Health Services, at the University of Washington (UW), and Medical Director of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I).

Since the epidemic of opioid deaths became apparent earlier in the decade, Dr. Franklin has conducted several studies related to opioid prescribing practices, has translated this research directly back into state health care policy, and is leading a statewide effort to educate physicians about best practice use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

The opioid epidemic has ravaged the U.S. with more than 200,000 overdose deaths and millions addicted. Dr. Franklin will discuss the origins of the opioid epidemic, and new state guidance and rules on dental opioid prescribing.

All Yakima Valley Dental Society member and non-member dentists in Yakima and Kittitas counties are invited to attend this informative event. Please RSVP your attendance by no later than Friday, March 22, 2019 to: Candida Espindola, 509-865-6175 Ext. 3650 or; or Cynthia Ausink, Dental Residency Supervisor 509-453-1949 or