Recent Study Indicates 100 Million Opioids Are Unused After Oral Surgery

November 10th, 2016

More than half of opioids prescribed following dental extractions, estimated at 100 million pain pills annually in the U.S., are unused by patients after surgery, according to a recent study in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The study concluded that dentists and oral surgeons could potentially reduce opioid diversion by moderately reducing the quantity of opioid analgesics prescribed after surgery.

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