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Dental leadership doing its part in preventing opioid misuse

from By Tammy Adams

Every day, more than 115 Americans die after overdosing on opioids, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The CDC estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse in the U.S. is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and law enforcement involvement. The American Dental Association recently announced a new policy on opioids, leading the way for other organizations to take notice. more

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