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Dentists support limits on opioid prescriptions to address addiction

March 27, 2018 – Educating the public about the disease of addiction will help prevent individuals from developing dependence. This week, another opioid prescriber announced intentions to limit the number of days for prescriptions.

The American Dental Association (ADA) unveiled a new policy supporting statutory limits of seven days for dental opioid prescriptions, according to CBS News. The body is also calling for dentists to commit to mandatory continuing education and registration with Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs:

“As president of the ADA, I call upon dentists everywhere to double down on their efforts to prevent opioids from harming our patients and their families,” said ADA President Joseph P. Crowley, D.D.S. “This new policy demonstrates ADA’s firm commitment to help fight the country’s opioid epidemic while continuing to help patients manage dental pain.”

“Limiting quantity as opposed to duration would have been better,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research at Brandeis University. But he added, “[The new policy] suggests the dentists are stepping up to the plate. It’s a worthwhile effort because overprescribing for acute pain is a big deal.”

The new study shows the increase in dental opioid prescriptions from 2010 to 2015 was sharpest among young people ages 11 to 18 years of age, which is a group known to be at risk for drug addiction. CDC data shows that the overall national opioid prescribing rate declined from 2012 to 2016.

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