As we know, the misuse of opioid pain relievers—such as hydrocodone and oxycodone—is an acute public health crisis. As prescribers of these pain medications, dentists are well positioned to help keep these drugs from becoming a source of harm. We are all
familiar with fatal drug overdoses, an issue that CDC continues to highlight as it remains unabated. However, if those problems weren’t bad enough, those who routinely use opioids often face troubling and serious oral health conditions.