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Opioid Crisis: A National Emergency

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recommended, in an interim report released July 31, that an opioid national emergency be immediately declared. The report cites an estimated overdose rate of 142 people a day.

The American Dental Association has been doing its part to combat the opioid crisis by informing dentists about how the drugs they prescribe in their offices can be potentially harmful. In a series of webinars, hosted by various speakers, dentists have learned about ways they can reduce opioid abuse, educate patients about the addictive qualities of painkillers, and preventing prescription opioid diversion.

These webinars have been recorded and are available on the ADA Center for Professional Success website.

In addition to these webinars, there are two FAQs on hydrocodone combination products (HCP) regulations.

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