01 Aug Senate passes opioids bill, 94-1
The Association considers the legislation an important step towards curbing the rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths associated with prescription opioid abuse.
“Opioid pain medications, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, have become a leading source of drug abuse among teens and young adults,” wrote ADA President Carol Gomez Summerhays and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin in a Feb. 24 letter to the Senate. “As prescribers of these painkilling medications, dentists have a role to play in preventing their diversion, misuse and abuse.”
In addition to helping dental offices in developing best practices, the bill would help communities develop local support services and provide funds to improve the design and operation of prescription drug monitoring programs.
For more information about prescription opioid use in dentistry, visitADA.org/opioids.