This video introduces practitioners to the Washington opioid prescribing requirements for dentists. Washington regulations require dentists to complete a 3 hour continuing medical education (CME) course on the new requirements in order to prescribe opioids. This video describes the new requirements for dentists.
Funding Source: Washington Department of Health
Report of a study comparing opioid prescribing rates in 2016 by dentists in the United States and England. The authors found that the proportion of prescriptions written by US dentists was 37 times greater than the proportion written by English dentists.
Funding Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institutes of Health
The Washington legislature directed the medical associations in the state to develop opioid prescribing guidelines for their professions by 2019. This 4 page document briefly explains the guidelines developed for dentists.
Funding Source: Washington State Department of Health
The Governor of Massachusetts created a dental education working group to develop new core competencies for dental education in the state. The new competencies include training dental students in prevention of substance use disorder (SUD), how to treat patients with SUD, and how to provide effective, safe pain care.
Funding Source: Office of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
This 2019 journal article compares dentist opioid prescribing rates in the United States and England. While dental service rates are generally similar between the countries, US dentists prescribed opioids 37 times more than English dentists, they prescribed a greater range of opioid medications, and also prescribed long acting opioids which English dentists did not. Continue reading
Skye began her opioid use at age 13 after dental surgery and eventually developed a heroin addiction and a long arrest record. With the help of her family, Skye completed treatment, worked as a peer mentor and overdose prevention counselor, and now is therapist and assistant director of a counseling program that Continue reading
This 4 page briefing paper provides information for dentists about prescribing opioids for women of reproductive age and women who are pregnant. It includes information about neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and provides guidelines for prescribing opioids for dental care providers. A six page version is also available. Continue reading
This one page document summarizes Oregon’s guidelines for opioid prescribing for dentists. Continue reading