Substance Use Disorders
Opioid Prescribing by Dentists in the Veterans Health AdministrationNonopioid analgesics are more effective for most oral pain, but data suggest that dental prescribing of opioids is excessive. This study evaluates the extent to which opioids exceed recommendations and the characteristics associated with opioid overprescribing by Veterans Health Administration dentists.
Trends in Opioid Prescribing by General Dentists and Dental Specialists in the U.S., 2012–2019Evidence suggests that U.S. dentists prescribe opioids excessively. There are limited national data on recent trends in opioid prescriptions by U.S. dentists. In this study, we examined trends in opioid prescribing by general dentists and dental specialists in the U.S. from 2012 to 2019.
Outpatient Prescribing of Antibiotics and Opioids by Veterans Health Administration Providers, 2015–2017Antibiotics and opioids are targeted by public health and stewardship communities for reductions in prescribing across the country. This study evaluates trends and factors associated with outpatient prescribing by dental and medical providers in a large integrated health system.
Characteristics Associated With Opioid and Antibiotic Prescribing by DentistsThe objective of this study is to identify county-level characteristics that may be high-impact targets for opioid and antibiotic interventions to improve dental prescribing.
Overprescribing of Opioids to Adults by Dentists in the U.S., 2011–2015Dentists prescribe 1 in 10 opioid prescriptions in the U.S. When opioids are necessary, national guidelines recommend the prescription of low-dose opioids for a short duration. This study assesses the appropriate prescribing of opioids by dentists before guideline implementation.