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Pa. oral surgeon to pay $150K to settle opioid mishandling case
January 6, 2020 -- An oral surgeon in Pennsylvania agreed to pay $150,000 to settle allegations that she mishandled opioids, diverting them from patients for personal use, which resulted in the clinician overdosing on one occasion, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.  Discuss
Oral surgeon accused of using patients' opioids has license suspended
December 27, 2019 -- The Iowa Dental Board has suspended the license and the general anesthesia permit for an oral surgeon who allegedly diverted patients' opioids for his own personal use, according to a settlement agreement and final order.  Discuss
Mich. sues 4 opioid distributors under drug dealer act
December 18, 2019 -- Michigan has filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen Drug, and Walgreens, alleging the four major opioid distributors are liable under the state's Drug Dealer Liability Act.  Discuss
Pitt commits to opioid-free pain management
November 21, 2019 -- The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) School of Dental Medicine has established opioid-free pain management guidelines for most procedures performed at its clinics. It is the first educational institution in the U.S. to take such action, according to the school.
Can hypnosis reduce opioid use? Maybe
November 19, 2019 -- Can hypnosis and other mind-body therapies reduce the number of opioids needed to treat pain after dental surgery? Maybe, according to the findings of a systematic review recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
Provider type affects Medicaid opioid prescription rates
October 31, 2019 -- Dentists may be writing fewer opioid prescriptions for Medicaid patients, but recipients are still likely to get the drugs if emergency room practitioners or others treat their dental problems, according to a study in October issue of thethe Journal of the American Dental Association.  Discuss
U.S. residents use opioids more than immigrants
October 31, 2019 -- U.S. residents are more than five times as likely to use prescription opioids than immigrants, according to a study published October 25 in JAMA Network Open.
Receptionist sentenced for forging opioid prescriptions
October 30, 2019 -- A former receptionist for a Harrisburg, PA, dentist has been sentenced to federal prison for forging opioid prescriptions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
ADA supports drug take-back event
October 24, 2019 -- The ADA is taking an active role in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 26. The goal of the event is to safely dispose of unused prescription medications and raise awareness and action to the U.S. opioid public health crisis.
Henry Schein to be released from opioid litigation
October 21, 2019 -- Henry Schein Dental said it will be dismissed with prejudice as a defendant in a U.S. opioid lawsuit in Summit County in Ohio.
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Second Opinion: Outpatient detoxification for opioid-addicted patients

While steps are needed to reduce the number of prescribed opioids in the U.S., what about those patients who may already be addicted and at risk? In this Second Opinion, Vikram Tarugu, MD, details a detoxification program that may be appropriate for your patients and your community. Read more.

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