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13 December 2017

Opioids: A Hidden Danger When Treating Patients?

There are many times when pain-abating substances such as opioids will be prescribed by a dentist after specific procedures. However, some patients are at risk of becoming addicted and medical professionals are now looking for alternatives to this traditional treatment option. What have some studies found?

– Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be a viable alternative.

– Some legislatures are beginning to regulate the prescription of opioids.

– The removal of wisdom teeth is the most common reason that these medications are given to patients.

“…75 per cent of opioid abusers started by taking a prescription.”

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