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The misuse and abuse of opioid pain relievers—such as Vicodin® and Percocet®—has reached epidemic proportions. As prescribers of these potentially addictive pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep them from becoming a source of harm.
If you are a dentist, please visit the ADA Center for Professional Success (CPS) to review the latest clinical guidelines for managing dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose and/or addiction. CPS provides tools and information to help dentists practice better, including practical guides for safe prescribing, access to free continuing education webinars, and more.
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If you are a patient, please visit our consumer website, MouthHealthy.org/opioids, to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of using opioid pain medications, what to ask your dentist, and how to safely secure and dispose of them at home.
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The ADA works with a number of outside organizations to raise professional and consumer awareness about how to keep opioids from becoming a source of harm. Some of these campaigns and partnerships are listed below.
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