Missouri Dental Board looks to place limits on opioid prescriptions

August 15, 2018 - 12:17 pm

Missouri dentists may soon be limited in how they prescribe opioids for pain management in patients. 

The Missouri Dental Board has approved proposed guidelines from the CDC and the American Dental Association that would put limits on opioid dosage and duration for the treatment of acute dental pain.

Dentists would not be allowed to write an opioid prescription for longer than seven days.

Missouri Dental Board Executive Director Brian Barnett said in a release, “There is no single solution to the opioid crisis.  It will take cooperation between several different entities to curb this epidemic of tragic, preventable deaths.  Patients often come into dental offices suffering from acute, intense dental related pain.  Most often, that pain is treated with prescription opioids.  This truly puts dentists on the front line in this crisis.” 

According to the Missouri Governor's office, more than 900 Missourians died from an opioid overdose in 2016.

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