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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
Treating dental pain with opioids triples patient overdose risk
May 3, 2021 -- Overdose risk is nearly three times higher for patients who fill opioid prescriptions after undergoing dental procedures, researchers reported in a study published on April 29 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read More
Texting study shows 60% of opioids unused after procedures
March 25, 2021 -- A text message program showed that 60% of opioid tablets prescribed to patients for common procedures went unused in a study published on March 25 in JAMA Network Open. Read More
What you need to know about cannabis
March 9, 2021 -- When it comes to cannabis in the dental office, there are more questions than answers. Pharmacologist Tom Viola, RPh, sat down with to discuss what we know -- and don't know -- about the controversial green plant. Read More
95% of opioid prescriptions are for 5 dental procedures
March 5, 2021 -- Dentists wrote about 2.7 million opioid prescriptions to patients during a five-year period, according to a study published on February 23 in the Journal of the American Dental Association. About 95% of these prescriptions were written for five dental procedures. Read More
COVID-19 pandemic spurs stress-related dental conditions
March 5, 2021 -- Dentists are seeing an increase in patients experiencing dental conditions associated with stress, such as teeth grinding, cracked teeth, and temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms, according to new poll data released by the ADA on March 2. Read More
State of U.S. oral health: 4 dental trends to watch
March 2, 2021 -- The U.S. spent $135 billion on dental services in 2018, according to a March 2 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the health status of the nation. The whopping sum was just one of several dental trends outlined in the report. Read More
NYU receives $2.9M for oral cancer pain research
February 1, 2021 -- The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has awarded researchers at New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry a five-year, $2.9 million grant to investigate oral cancer pain treatment. 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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