The plan includes actions that dentists can take to reduce opioid misuse, especially among teens and young adults. Actions include limiting inappropriate access to prescription medications, increasing community awareness, and expanding treatment and recovery systems.
In alignment with North Carolina's Opioid and Substance Abuse Action Plan, the updated strategy highlights the importance that, if needed, opioids should only be prescribed for a short period of time following a dental procedure. In addition, patients should return remaining pills to drug take-back programs.
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