Update on opioid prescribing and prescription monitoring programs

Dentists and other prescribers should take steps to identify problems and minimize prescription opioid abuse through greater prescriber and patient education; use of peer-reviewed recommendations for analgesia; and, when indicated, the tailoring of the appropriate and legitimate prescribing of opioids to adequately treat pain.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of the opioid crisis in the US and the role of healthcare providers
  2. Understand how to screen patients for substance use disorders
  3. Discuss prescription monitoring programs and other approaches to better control the safe and appropriate use of opioids

Richard Hall, DDS, PhD, MD
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine