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Opioids for third-molar extractions linked to persistent use
August 7, 2018 -- Adolescents and young adults who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom teeth extractions are more than twice as likely to continue filling opioid prescriptions weeks or months later, according to new research published on August 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
Researchers discover pain relief pathway with fewer opioids
July 19, 2018 -- Better relief for acute pain using fewer opioids may be on the horizon thanks to new research into a chemical compound that targets multiple pain receptors. Researchers found that the addition of one type of protein provided better pain relief at a lower morphine dose in rodents.  Discuss
U.S. House overwhelmingly passes opioid reform bill
June 22, 2018 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill that addresses the ongoing opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Managing pain for the adolescent brain
June 18, 2018 -- Fast cars, unprotected sex, and opioid addiction? The brains of adolescents are wired to take risks, and dentists are often the first professionals to prescribe opioids to this population. Learn how one expert recommended treating teenagers and young adults during a recent ADA webinar.  Discuss
JADA: Dentists are prescribing more opioids than ever
March 30, 2018 -- The number of opioids prescribed by dentists appears to be increasing over time, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dentists prescribed more opioids in 2015 than they did in 2010, the researchers found.  Discuss
New U.S. spending bill allocates billions for opioid crisis
March 26, 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill on March 23 that includes billions of dollars in funding to combat the opioid epidemic.  Discuss
Do patients with head and neck cancer get more opioids?
March 8, 2018 -- Patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer were significantly more likely to be prescribed opioid medications than patients diagnosed with lung or colon cancer in a new study, published on March 8. The findings highlight the need for healthcare professionals to be mindful of opioid prescriptions in this patient population.  Discuss
ADA, CDC webinar summarizes dentists' role in opioid crisis
February 16, 2018 -- Two pain management experts discussed the role of dentists in the opioid crisis during a February 14 webinar jointly hosted by the ADA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The webinar focused on the best strategies to manage acute pain and prevent opioid misuse and abuse.  Discuss
The over-the-counter opioid epidemic?
February 8, 2018 -- Most of the attention about the opioid epidemic focuses on the abuse of prescription drugs, but pharmacist Tom Viola notes that over-the-counter products also can contribute to the issue. He details how a popular treatment for diarrhea may contribute to opioid abuse and also influence how you treat certain patients.  Discuss
Study: Dentists prescribe only 2% of opioids
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January 26, 2018 -- The amount of opioids prescribed by all healthcare practitioners in the U.S. has increased over the last 15 years, but the total quantity of opioids prescribed by dentists has declined, according to a new study. As of 2012, dental professionals prescribed only about 2% of the total quantity of opioids.
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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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