Within a large population of people who were privately insured in the United States, the number of opioid prescriptions per 1,000 dental patients increased from 2010 to 2015, especially for the group aged 11 through 18 years. The number of days’ supply prescribed was the same for all age groups. The quantity of opioids prescribed was 20. The groups aged 11 through 18 years and 19 through 25 years received higher daily MME doses than did the other age groups. Most opioids prescribed were associated with surgical dental visits. Although dentistry is accounting for less of the total volume of opioid prescriptions in the United States, results of our analysis suggest important areas of focus for further managing opioid prescribing among dentists.
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Categories: Opiate Compliance