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FDA offers tips for opioids prescribers

January 20, 2017 Silver Spring, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has a new consumer page with questions for patients to ask doctors before taking opioid painkillers.

The new page also contains tips on how to store and dispose of these medications.

The ADA encourages dentists to talk to their patients about the dangers of using opioid painkillers for nonmedical purposes. In addition, the ADA offers free continuing education courses to members and nonmembers alike that cover the latest techniques for recognizing when a patient may be seeking opioids for nonmedical purposes, and how to briefly counsel and refer those patients for appropriate substance abuse treatment.

The ADA Catalog features the ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing, which helps dentists identify opioid abuse and treat patients with substance use disorders or drug addiction. From now until March 24, receive 15 percent off all ADA Catalog products with code 17112.