Dentists Support Fight against Opioid Painkiller Prescription

Dentists support fight against opioid painkiller prescription, the American Dental Association is urging for a drastic cut back on the rising opioid prescriptions nationwide.

The American Dental Association has disclosed a new review with making some changes in the policies, in its journal on Monday, as the organization steps forward to join the practices to combat against the opioid epidemic across the country, according to Dr. Joseph Crowley, the president of the group of the group representing nearly 161,000 dentists.

New research has revealed that the rise in prescriptions for dental opioids went sharply higher between 2010 and 2015 among the young population from age group of 11 to 18 years old, who are more likely to be at the increased risk of drug addiction. However, the data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the total rate of opioid prescription all over the nation has decreased between 2012 and 2016.

Paula Crum, Northeast Region Trustee from the Wisconsin Dental Association said in a statement that, “Wisconsin has been doing that, has been promoting member dentists to use the prescription drug monitoring program since 2012, so this is nothing new for Wisconsin. I really think the oral surgeons have found this, too, that you can accomplish a great deal of pain relief with the use of non-narcotics and almost better pain relief.”

In addition, the association is also urging for the obligatory continuing education for all the dentists and they vow for supporting to mandate the dentists to be registered with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs.

Dr. Craig Janssen from the Janssen Dental Clinic said that, “Anytime we write a prescription for an opioid product, there’s a database that the staff has access to and we can see if the individual is obtaining it from multiple providers.”

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