Most people have wisdom teeth removed when they are under the age of 25 years and leave surgery with an opioid prescription. Dentists are now replacing opioids with ibuprofen (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen, which are just as effective as painkillers.
– Receiving an opioid prescription in high school is linked with a greater risk of ‘lifetime illicit use’ of opioids
– 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids
– Speak to your dentist if you are concerned about opioid use
“They’re getting their first taste of the drug from a doctor or dentist, and that increases the likelihood they would use it recreationally.”
Read the full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/opinion/dentists-opioids-addiction-.html