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2019 Oct

J Am Dent Assoc



Is it time US dentistry ended its opioid dependence?


Thornhill MH, Suda KJ, Durkin MJ, Lockhart PB
J Am Dent Assoc. 2019 Oct; 150(10):883-889.
PMID: 31561762.


In 2017, 11.4 million US citizens misused prescription opioids, resulting in 46 overdose deaths daily and a $78.5 billion burden on the economy. Dentists are one of the most frequent prescribers of opioids, and there is concern that dental prescribing is contributing to the opioid crisis.