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Dental Association Recommends Guidelines For Prescription Opiates

The role of dentists in the prescription painkiller epidemic is being explored. “Many dentists really haven’t even perceived there to be a problem,” said George Kenna, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior. “Dentists write the third most prescriptions for immediate release opioids in the U.S., but they often don’t know the appropriate number of doses to prescribe, how many doses a patient uses, or most importantly what patients do with the leftover tablets they have. Just ask someone the last time they threw away opioid prescriptions in particular. These leftover tablets – accumulated from various sources, not just dentists – that are often left in closets across the country are the primary source for prescription drug use initiation for children and adolescents.”

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