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The ADA is committed to ending the scourge of opioid abuse that has been devastating our families and communities.
View the ADA's official policies, statements, and guidelines on opioid abuse, drug addiction, and other substance use disorders, as adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
If you are a dentist, please visit the ADA Center for Professional Success (CPS) 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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Click here for information comparing the efficacy and safety of nonopioid pain medications to opioid analgesics.
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.
View the ADA's press kit for more in-depth information about dentistry's response to the opioid crisis.
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