GDA/ADA announce plans to stop opioid ‘over-prescribing’

The Georgia Dental Association (GDA) and the American Dental Association have announced that they have developed new policies, rules and guidelines that dentists will help dentists “stop the over-prescribing of opioids.”

“It’s a positive step in the right direction,” says Georgia Dental Association President, Dr. Robin Reich. “Dentists currently account for 6.4 percent of opioid prescriptions, and we are committed to reducing that percentage further.”

A GDA press release notes that “[under the new policy] dentists will consider prescribing anti-inflammatory medicines, like ibuprofen, as alternatives to opioids. Some studies suggest these medications are just as effective as stronger painkillers. They found, that for adults, a combination of 400 mg of ibuprofen plus 1000 mg of acetaminophen was superior to any opioid-containing medications studied.”

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