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New Study: Opioid Prescribing and Use Habits
A new study released this week demonstrates there is mounting evidence that opioids prescribed for third molar extraction(s) almost triples the risk of further opioid use and potentially abuse. A study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers from the University of Michigan showed that teenagers were 2.7 times more likely than their peers to fill another opioid prescription over the upcoming year when given an opioid to relieve pain after third molar extractions.

The article notes that in March 2018, the American Dental Association (ADA) announced a new policy that supported mandates on prescription limits and continuing education for opioids and other controlled substances.

Further, an article published in The Journal of the American Dental Association concluded that "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen are more effective with fewer side effects compared to opioids". The article makes the comment that "the findings support the ADA's 2016 policy statement that dentists should consider NSAIDs as the first-line therapy for acute pain management".

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ADA's Policy on Opioid Prescribing: ADA Policy

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