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Prescription Opioid Abuse

The misuse and abuse of immediate-release opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone (Vicodin® and Lortab®) and oxycodone (OxyContin® and Percocet®)—has reached epidemic proportions. As prescribers of these short-acting pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm.

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