Dental pain and opioid use: Latest findings
from The Pew Charitable Trusts
The United States is battling a severe opioid epidemic, and prescriptions written to alleviate dental pain continue to play a part. In 2015, more than 12 million people misused opioids nationwide, and more than 33,000 died from opioid overdoses. Statistics show that dentists have written a declining portion of all opioid prescriptions in recent years, but two new studies highlight the continued need for cautious prescribing.
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