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Dentistry, Opioids and Addiction

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Learning Objectives:
This webinar will look at how prescribers unwittingly were part of the problem in the opioid crisis, how this crisis happened and how understanding addiction can help to turn this around.

1.Better understand how addiction happens and to whom
2.Learn about safe prescribing
3.Learn better pain management alternatives

Dr. Sharon Parsons graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1981.  She currently owns a group practice in Columbus, Ohio where she practices with two associates.  She has been active in all levels of organized dentistry and is a Past President of the Ohio Dental Association.  She is a member of many professional organizations including the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, the American College of Dentists, The Academy of Operative Dentistry, the International Team for Implantology and the Association of Women Dentists.  She was the recipient of the Lucy Hobbs Humanitarian award and the Icons of Dentistry award. 

Dr. Parsons raised two sons, Sean and Michal Herman.  Her younger son, Michael practices with her.  Her older son, Sean, died of an opioid overdose in 2015.  This has led her to educate others about opioid prescribing and addiction.  She has presented to numerous groups in Ohio and at the American Association of Pediatric Dentists in Chicago in 2019.  In her spare time she gardens, hikes, cooks, walks her dog and spends time with friends.