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Prescription drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone have become a leading source of drug abuse among American youth.  Dental prescribers play a key role in preventing the diversion, misuse, and abuse of these pain medications.

  • The American Dental Association (ADA) has a wealth of information concerning opioids on their website , including access to free continuing education, information on safe storage at home,  and an order form for the publication The ADA Practical Guide to Substance Use Disorders and Safe Prescribing. You may also visit other resource sites associated with the ADA such as Mouth Healthy, or the Journal of the American Dental Association for more in depth information.
  • The Pennsylvania Dental Association has released Opioid Prescribing Guidelines to help Dentists with Pain Treatment.