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N.C. updates opioid action plan to prevent misuse
November 29, 2022 -- The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services updated the North Carolina Dental Opioid Action Plan to help dentists prevent the misuse of opioids. The updated plan provides clear steps for dentists, staff members, patients, families, and communities to address the opioid epidemic. Read More
Regional anesthesia cuts opioid use in oral reconstructions
November 15, 2022 -- Supplemental regional anesthesia may reduce opioid use in patients following microvascular free flap reconstruction of the oral cavity, according to a study published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read More
Oral surgeons change opioid-prescribing habits
October 11, 2022 -- Though U.S. oral and maxillofacial surgeons decreased overall opioid prescribing by 20% between 2016 and 2019, they wrote more prescriptions for codeine and tramadol, according to a brief communication published on October 9 in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Read More
10 reasons why dentists do -- and don't -- prescribe opioids
August 10, 2022 -- From witnessing a family member struggle with substance abuse to performing a procedure on a Friday, dentists have a variety of personal and professional reasons for their opioid prescription habits. A study in the Journal of the American Dental Association highlighted 10 major factors that influence dentists' prescription decisions. Read More
Most ED visits for toothaches result in antibiotics
July 8, 2022 -- Most adults and children who visit the emergency department (ED) for toothaches leave with prescriptions for antibiotics, according to a retrospective study published July 6 in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine Read More
3 factors that influence dentist opioid prescriptions
June 23, 2022 -- A prescription for antibiotics, the use of sedation, and even whether a dental student was involved in the procedure are just some of the factors that influence whether a prescription for opioids was given after a tooth extraction, reports a study published on June 9 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Tramadol-dexketoprofen combo effective for 3rd-molar extraction
March 29, 2022 -- A combination of the opioid class drug tramadol and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) dexketoprofen proved more effective than ibuprofen alone for managing pain after third-molar extraction, according to a report published in the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice. Read More
NIDCR unveils FOA for dental role in preventing opioid drug misuse
March 4, 2022 -- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) recently unveiled a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will support interventions and programs to prevent, reduce, or manage opioid drug misuse. Read More
Mouse study findings could lead to safer pain meds
February 8, 2022 -- A team of neurobiologists discovered a brain circuit in mice that underlies the connection between pain, anxiety, and breathing. If similar neurons are found in humans, it could pave the way for safer pain-relieving medications -- and potentially reduce opioid overdose deaths. Read More
Dental Dose: TikTok trend with serious side effects
January 14, 2022 -- In this episode of Dental Dose, pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, talks about a viral TikTok trend that led teenagers to take high doses of common over-the-counter medications. Read More
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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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