CDHBC QAP Competency – D.7, C.1
Fentanyl and other nasty opiates has touched every corner of our province and have touched you or someone that you know or love. We see it every day as we drive to work in our workplaces and on the news. So you seriously have to ask yourself what you know about the drugs in your community and the hazards the pose to you, your family and the dental community.
Have you ever wondered if a patient is on drugs or why your hand sanitizer is always empty in your waiting room? Do you know what “bath salts” are, or how crystal meth is made? During this interactive workshop, we will discuss common prescription and street drugs currently being used recreationally and how they present in a dental setting and on the street. Derek will look at how these drugs are manufactured and the hazards they pose to dental professionals. Importantly, this seminar will highlight common signs and symptoms of patients who have consumed these substances and dispel the myth of ‘clean’ drugs.
Mr. Derek Salisbury is a firefighter/paramedic/hazmat tech who works at the one of the busiest fire stations in Canada. After responding to multiple drug related issues daily though work and with a background clandestine lab response, he created a drug awareness program to help dental professionals understand the drugs they face. Derek has lectured at the PDC, multiple dental study clubs and community service groups with a focus on drugs in their communities. Derek is also the official first aid trainer for the Canucks.