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How dental pain has contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic

Mary Otto

Dentists are among the leading prescribers of opioid pain medications in the country, according to numerous studies. The prescriptions often are written for patients after tooth extractions – including approximately 3 million mostly young adults who have wisdom teeth extracted each year. As awareness has grown about the risks of addiction, some in the dental profession have reassessed their prescribing habits.

In this tip sheet, find out what the research says about dental prescribing as well as how dental organizations have responded and steps that are being recommended to combat the problem.

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