If you have a dental emergency or any kind of oral surgery, your dentist may prescribe medicine to help you manage the pain.
But today, misuse of certain types of prescription painkillers known as opioids — including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine — has become a national public health crisis. Taking opioids in a way other than prescribed can lead to addiction, overdose or even death. Each day, more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The dental community — working hand in hand with physicians, law enforcement and educators — is helping combat this problem to prevent opioid misuse.