If you have a dental emergency or any kind of oral surgery, your dentist may prescribe medicine to help manage pain.
But today, misuse of certain types of prescription painkillers known as opioids — including hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine — is a national public health crisis. Taking opioids in a way other than prescribed can lead to addiction, overdose or even death. Each day, more than 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose.1
The dental community — working hand in hand with medical, law enforcement and education communities — is helping combat this problem to prevent opioid misuse.