Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair

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Dentistry is at a crossroads when it comes to prescribing opioids for dental pain. That’s why the American Dental Association (ADA) recently published an article by Dr. Joseph Crowley, ADA president, titled “Preventing Opioid Abuse from the Dental Chair,” along with ways for dentists to implement practices to help ensure safe and effective prescribing of pain medications. More than 42,000 …

PDMP Website Now Easier to Use

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Colorado’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to tackle prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. The state has seen rates of use increase as the database continues to serve as an important tool for meeting the standard of care for safe prescribing. To get even more healthcare professionals to use the database, the Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) has …

Proposed Opioid Prescribing Reforms

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An interim legislative task force met over the summer to discuss Colorado’s current opioid abuse epidemic and possible solutions. The task force has primarily focused on prescribing behavior, among numerous other topics ranging from education and prevention to treatment options. Possible prescriber reforms the task force discussed included opioid reduction CE for providers, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system improvements, …

Turn the Tide on Opioid Abuse

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As healthcare practitioners, dentists can lead the effort to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic. Every day, more than 75 people in the U.S. die from a prescription drug or heroin overdose. In 2013, healthcare practitioners wrote nearly 249 million prescriptions for opioids—enough for every adult in America to have a bottle of pills. A significant factor in the …