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The misuse and abuse of opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin®) and oxycodone (e.g., Percocet®)—has reached epidemic proportions. As prescribers of these potentially addictive pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm.
Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about prescribing opioids for dental pain.
Click here to 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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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.
The Association's positions are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) (Members Only) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
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Preventing opioid abuse from the dental chair: A message from ADA President Joseph P. Crowley.