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Vermont State Dental Society: Spotlight on Opioids
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This video is dedicated to the memory of Austin Eubanks who tragically passed away on May 18, 2019 and his family who have lost a great light. Austin’s traumatic experience as an injured survivor from the Columbine High School Shooting was the catalyst of a painful journey with opioid addiction.  Through his struggles he became an advocate for change, in helping others with addiction and providing a powerful message regarding the ever-growing opioid epidemic. The VSDS hopes you will continue to spread Austin’s message.

Course Summary:

This 2-hour Controlled Substance Opioid Education presentation includes a dramatic story of trauma, addiction, and the road to recovery told by Austin Eubanks, an injured survivor of the Columbine High School shooting. He uses his own struggle with addiction and eventual pathway to recovery to highlight issues in our policies, practices, and culture. His personal, professional, and parental expertise offers a poignant perspective on how our culture has manufactured what is now the worst public health crisis we’ve ever known. In addition to Austin’s presentation, there will be state healthcare leaders providing essential educational material to increase your knowledge as a healthcare provider relating to the current opioid crisis and patient safety.

This presentation meets the VT dental licensing requirement for opioid education (2CEUs).

Learning Objectives:

  • Create awareness of strategies to address substance abuse issues, including risk assessment, diversion, safe use, appropriate prescribing protocols, storage and disposal of controlled substances
  • Reframe the way we look at addiction to better understand our culture's desire to medicate
  • Present alternatives to opioids in managing pain
  • Explore the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities
  • To provide information on Vermont regulations and federal laws concerning the prescribing of opioid controlled substances
  • Understand best practices of using the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System


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