Dental Education on the Opioid Epidemic
|Paul Moore, D.M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and Harold K. Tu, M.D., D.M.D, speak during the 2018 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. |
Opioid abuse is a serious public health issue in the United States. Results from the
2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) indicate that 3.3 million people over age 12, and an estimated 239,000 adolescents aged 12 to 17, abused prescription pain relievers in 2016. Common prescribers of opioids—internal medicine physicians, primary care physicians and dentists—must have ready access to the
tools and resources required to identify and address addiction problems with their patients.
Association of Opioid Use With Pain and Satisfaction After Dental Extraction
In this quality improvement study of 329 patients who underwent either surgical or routine extractions, patients who used opioids after the procedure reported higher levels of pain compared with nonopioid users. Those who did not use opioids reported similar satisfaction levels as the opioid users.
March 13, 2020 | JAMA Network Open
The Final Reort on Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations
The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.
May 9, 2019 | Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force
Op-Ed: For Some Dentists, Prescribing Opioids Reflexively is a Bad Habit
At the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, and dental schools across the nation, we are educating a new generation of providers who are keenly aware of the deadly effects of opioid abuse, who, hopefully, will never develop the habit of prescribing opioids reflexively.
May 8, 2018 | NJ Spotlight
UMN faculty member appointed to new federal pain management task force
Harold K. Tu, DMD, MD, FACS, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, was appointed to the new, federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.
May 2, 2018 | University of Minnesota News
Study: Ibuprofen, acetaminophen more effective than opioids in treating dental pain
Ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone or in combination with acetaminophen are better at easing dental pain, according to new research conducted with the School of Dental Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.
April 26, 2018 | The Daily, Case Western Reserve University