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Opioid Prescribing in Dentistry

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The judicious use of opioids is only one facet of an effective — and responsible — pain management regimen.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Explain the risks of opioid prescribing, and the reasons opioid misuse is considered a public health emergency.
  2. List dental procedures that commonly result in opioid prescriptions, and alternative strategies for pain management.
  3. Describe at-risk groups and behaviors associated with opioid abuse and addiction.

This course was issued in the May 2018 issue and expires 5/31/21. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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