Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers
March 29, 2018
ABC News reports The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers.
The association announced a new policy that “essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible,” said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the group’s president. The Chicago-based group represents around 161,000 dentists.
The group is also pushing for limiting opioid prescriptions to no more than a week and mandatory education for dentists that encourages using other painkillers.