By Rick Nauert, PHD
Reducing prescription painkiller abuse is a national policy objective. New research suggests education can help dentists combat, rather than contribute to, abuse of addictive painkillers.
While dentists are the third-largest source of painkiller prescriptions they often have not perceived there to be a problem, says George Kenna, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.
“Dentists write the third-most prescriptions for immediate release opioids in the United States, but they often don’t know the appropriate number of doses to prescribe, how many doses a patient uses, or most importantly what patients do with the leftover tablets they have.