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Journal Article

Opioid prescribing practices from 2010 through 2015 among dentists in the United States: what do claims data tell us?

Gupta N, Vujicic M, Blatz A. Journal of the American Dental Association (1939). 2018;149:237-245.e6.

This analysis of claims data from insurers found that rates of opioid prescribing following dental procedures increased between 2010 and 2015. The sharpest rise occurred among 11–18 year olds, and nearly one-third of opioid prescriptions were not associated with surgical procedures. The authors urge limiting use of opioids for nonsurgical dental visits.