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New resource offers guidance on opioids for pregnant women
December 7, 2018 -- What considerations should you have when prescribing opioids for pregnant women? The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center created a new guide to help dentists answer this very question.  Discuss
Study: Opioid prescriptions by dentists linked to abuse risk
December 3, 2018 -- Opioid prescriptions by dentists and oral surgeons may lead to a statistically significant increased risk of persistent opioid use and abuse for adolescents and young adults, according to a major new study in JAMA Internal Medicine on December 3.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Rethinking pain management
October 9, 2018 -- While dentists are not the primary prescribers of opioid analgesics, it is time to take a closer look at acute pain management and change prescribing behavior, writes oral surgeon Dr. Solomon Poyourow in this Second Opinion column.  Discuss
DOD grants $2.4M to NYU dental researcher
September 5, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to two New York researchers, including one from the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry.  Discuss
New guidelines recommend optimal number of opioids
August 29, 2018 -- How many opioids should you prescribe following dental surgery? It depends on the procedure, according to a panel of dental experts from Johns Hopkins University. They recently published new prescribing guidelines for 14 types of dental procedures.  Discuss
FDA awards contract for opioid prescribing guidelines
August 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a contract to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to develop evidence-based, indication-specific guidelines for appropriate prescribing of opioid analgesics.  Discuss
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
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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.