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The Emerging Threat Of Unchecked Opioid Use

29th / July / 2017

A dentist will commonly prescribe opioids after specific treatments such as removing a set of wisdom teeth or after performing a lengthy root canal.

However, the dangers that this drug could be abused are quite severe. What have some findings highlighted?

  • The majority of opioid addicts began by taking a single prescription.
  • One in four children who were prescribed an opioid were taking the drug a year later.
  • NSAIDs could represent safer alternatives when compared to opioids.

“Even very short-term prescriptions have been associated with later drug misuse among teens who have not used illegal drugs before.”

Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/svc/oembed/html/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F07%2F10%2Fopinion%2Fdentists-opioids-addiction-.html#?secret=7Kdzl9rAnf

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