The opioid epidemic has been a hot-button issue at the state and federal level. Recent developments include: 

  • President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and release the presidential commission report.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $53 million to 44 states, four tribes and the District of Columbia to improve access to treatment for opioid disorders, reduce opioid-related deaths and strengthen drug misuse prevention efforts. 
  • Former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, sent a letter to 2.3 million American Health professionals expressing his concern about the epidemic.
  • 46 governors signed the National Governors Association's Compact to Fight Opioid Addiction.

Understanding the severity of this issue, AGD developed the whitepaper, "The Role of Dentistry in Addressing Opioid Abuse," which contains AGD's policy statement on the role of dentistry in opioid abuse. 

Read the whitepaper
Additional Opioid Resources 

U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to End the Opioid Crisis

FDA Fact Sheet: FDA Opioids Action Plan

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain- U.S., 2016

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario: The Role of Opioids in the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in Dental Practice

Pennsylvania Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in Dental Practice

New Jersey Law Limits Opioid Prescriptions

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