March 26, 2018
The American Dental Association on March 26 announced a new interim policy on opioids that supports prescription limits and mandatory continuing education for dentists.The policy states:
- The ADA supports mandatory continuing education in prescribing opioids and other controlled substances.
- The ADA supports statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain, consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention evidence-based guidelines.
- The ADA supports dentists registering with and utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) to promote the appropriate use of opioids and deter misuse and abuse.
For the complete press release, read American Dental Association Announces New Policy to Combat Opioid Epidemic.