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April 9, 2021 — Federal government, ADA advocate policies to curb opioid epidemic.
The ADA is committed to ending the scourge of opioid abuse that has been devastating our families and communities.
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If you are a dentist, please visit the Preventing Opioid Abuse page to access practical guides for safe prescribing, free online continuing education, and other tools and information for managing dental pain, especially for patients who are at risk for drug overdose and/or addiction.
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If you are a patient, please visit MouthHealthy.org 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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