Making a Difference in the Opioid Crisis
Opioid misuse has created an epidemic leading to opioid use disorder, overdose, and death.
In what year did the United States Department of Health and Human Services officially declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency?
National prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) are statewide databases that collect information from pharmacies on dispensed controlled substances and allow registered users, including dentists, to check the prescription history of patients.
Studies show that the use of PDMP by dentists has been high.
In 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported approximately how many people ages 12 and older misused opioids?
The US Food and Drug Administration recommends medicine take-back options as the preferred method to safely dispose of most types of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
People dependent on opioids are less likely to experience an overdose.
Dental hygienists are well-positioned to educate patients about risks of addiction.
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