Dentist stresses prescriber education, shares personal story during Senate opioids hearing
from American Dental Association
As an oral surgeon and dental educator at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, Dr. A. Omar Abubaker was familiar with prescribing opioids to help patients manage their dental pain. When his son, Adam, was given a prescription for 90 hydrocodone tablets following a shoulder injury, he didn't question the instructions for him to take a pill every "four to six hours" for pain. Four years later, Adam died from a mixture of heroin and benzodiazepines. He was 21.
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