July 25, 2019
OHRC Announces New Resources on Opioids and Pain Management
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is pleased to announce the release of a new resource: Opioids and Children and Adolescents: Information for Oral Health Professionals. Nearly 25 percent of the first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents come from dentists. Compared to adults, children and adolescents are at higher risk for opioid misuse or abuse; therefore, exercising caution when prescribing opioids is critical. The document provides best practices for care on drugs to recommend before prescribing opioids and information about prescribing opioids with caution and being aware of the potential for misuse or abuse. It also discusses the importance of understanding laws, policies, and recommendations.
This paper is a companion to the 2018 OHRC release of Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists, a paper which provides an overview of pain management for dental procedures for women of reproductive age and discusses pharmacological considerations for pregnant women. It also discusses neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, guidelines for providing opioids, managing acute dental pain, and guidelines for discharging women with opioid prescriptions. Information about prescription drug monitoring programs is included.
This publication was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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