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The Fourth District Dental Society will hold a live opioid course entitled “NYS Requirements for Prescribing Opioid Drugs,” presented by Terrence Thines, DDS, MS on Thursday evening, June 8th from 6-9 PM.  Course completion is required for all dentists who hold a DEA number by the deadline date of July 1, 2017. If you are unable to attend this live course, you may take the course online at


Dr. Thines is Professor and Chief of Service, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.


Course locations are: Schenectady County Community College (SCCC)  and live streamed to Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital (CVPH) in Plattsburgh.  Addresses for the venues are below.  The presentation is 3 credit hours and counts toward the 60 credit total for licensure. The cost for dentists is $125.00. Please note: refreshments will not be served at either venue.

 Registration Form: Opioid_Course_Registration_FormA.pdf  Please return completed form (and specify which location you will utilize) to the district office. Thank you.


78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady NY 12305

Lecture Room: Stockade 101

75 Beekman Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901
Lecture Room: Auditorium C



Chemical Dependency

Today many people are abusing a diverse assortment of drugs. Both patients and dentists can fall prey to addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. Addiction can have a devastating impact on a dentist’s ability to practice. Too many of our colleagues have lost their practices, their families and even their lives to addiction. Sadly, they often fail to seek help due to fear that others will learn their secret. They do not realize that their colleagues, staff, families and patients may already know their secret.

Our Dental Association - part of the New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) - is committed to aiding our colleagues in addressing substance abuse and addiction. NYSDA’s Committee on Chemical Dependency provides a statewide network of dentist-peers who are available to assist members, their families, and the dental office staff in addressing problems with drugs or alcohol. The Committee includes dentists who have experienced both the devastation of addiction and the effectiveness of intervention and treatment in their own lives. Funding is available for dentists who need in-patient treatment but do not have the financial resources to get it.

Practicing a profession while impaired can result in a charge of unprofessional conduct. When you speak with our Peer Assistance Coordinator, Dr. Bob Herzog – or any of the Committee’s members, your interactions are confidential and non-punitive. The Committee never refers a dentist to OPD or any other agency. When a dentist’s license is at risk, the Committee can help the dentist protect his/her license and privilege to practice through the New York State Education Department’s Professional Assistance Program (PAP).

If you or a colleague is struggling with addiction, it is easy to get help. Contact Dr. Judi Shub at NYSDA, 1-800-255-2100, or Dr. Bob Herzog at 716-830-3055. Your call is confidential.

For additional information, visit NYSDA’s website at or contact Dr. Jack McGill, Fourth District Chair, NYSDA Committee on Chemical Dependency at

Other Resources: Alcoholics Anonymous (; Narcotics Anonymous (


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