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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
NIH drops long-awaited sequel to surgeon general's report
December 21, 2021 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research on December 21 released the long-awaited sequel to the U.S. surgeon general's 2000 report on oral health. Read More
Henry Schein agrees to pay $500K to settle opioid case
December 6, 2021 -- Henry Schein has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a case in which the wholesale distributor allegedly improperly distributed hundreds of thousands of painkillers to dentists and other doctors despite red flags of drug abuse, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. Read More
Researchers seek comment on dental pain management guide
December 1, 2021 -- The ADA Science & Research Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh are seeking feedback on a draft acute dental pain management guideline. Read More
U.S. overdose deaths top 100K for 1st time
November 24, 2021 -- For the first time, the U.S. reported more than 100,000 overdose deaths in 2021, and many were due to opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Read More
Dental Dose: The hidden risk of opioids with acetaminophen
November 12, 2021 -- Acetaminophen is one of the safest drugs in dentistry. Opioids are among the riskiest. Put them together, and you have an effective pain reliever that comes with one side effect you may not think about. Tom Viola, RPh, shares what you need to know in the latest episode of Dental Dose. Read More
Dentists overprescribe opioids despite knowledge of alternatives
October 21, 2021 -- Dentists continue to overprescribe opioids to their patients despite being aware of the effectiveness of nonopioid analgesics for managing dental pain, according to the results of a Georgetown University survey published on October 21 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read More
Drug overdose deaths soar 30% during the pandemic
July 14, 2021 -- Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. climbed nearly 30% in 2020, according to preliminary data released on July 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 93,331 deaths last year represent the highest number of overdose deaths ever during a 12-month period. Read More
CDC: Drug overdose deaths, including opioid, climb
May 17, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that drug overdose deaths are up 28.3% as of October 2020 from a year earlier, while opioid deaths in particular are up 36%. Read More
CDC to host talk on pediatric opioid, antibiotic prescribing
May 5, 2021 -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is hosting a webinar on May 12 about trends in opioid and antibiotic prescribing for pediatric patients. 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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