Editorial Staff in News
October 18, 2022

Dentists Can Curb Opioid Addiction and Still Help Patients with Post-Operation Pain

New research into a significant change in New York dental practice has found that dentists can stop prescribing opioids and shift to only recommending over-the-counter pain relievers for patients, all with little to no negative effects. The findings may herald the beginning of a welcome shift away from opioid prescribing by dental practitioners.


Ren in Opioids
November 19, 2020

Dental Opioid Prescribing—A Risk Factor for Opiate Addiction

When people think of prescription opioids, one of the first images they might get is of a doctor in a lab coat, handing a patient a bottle of pills. And yes, medical doctors are a common source of opiate prescribing. But they are not the only source. Dentists also prescribe opiates.


Ren in Drug Abuse Information
August 19, 2019

Teens Exposed to Opioid Painkillers in Medical Settings

When we think of how young people are exposed to opiate drugs, what is the first thing we think of? Probably the most likely answer is “peer pressure.“ And not without good reason.


Ren in Information on U.S. States
June 30, 2019

Excessive Dental Opioid Prescribing an Anomaly in the U.S.

It is safe to say that treating oral pain problems is something that dentists often have to do. But how they go about treating such symptoms is another matter entirely.


Karen Hadley in Drug-Related News
February 26, 2019

Increase in Pet Painkiller Prescriptions Could Indicate More Owner Misuse

Because of a significant increase in painkiller prescriptions to pet owners, veterinarians are being warned to watch for some owners who might be consuming these drugs instead of giving them to their pets.


Ren in Opioid Crisis
January 26, 2019

Dental Painkillers, Young Patients and Addiction

New research indicates that, when a dentist prescribes opioid painkillers to teens and young adults following wisdom teeth surgery, they are also putting those same teens and young adults at risk for addiction.


Karen Hadley in Drug-Related News
December 27, 2018

Dentists: An Unexpected Source of Opioid Misuse and Addiction

Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.


Karen Hadley in Opioids
April 4, 2018

Dental Association Joins Fight Against Opioid Epidemic, Guess They Finally Got the Memo

Another major national organization has just joined the fight against America’s opioid epidemic. The American Dental Association advised its members on the steps they should take so their patients are not exposed to opioid painkillers, reducing the chance of future addiction.