Dentist group puts teeth in push to curb opioid painkillers

A arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. American Dental Association on Monday, said it is pressing for seven-day prescription limits and mandatory education that encourages using other painkillers.

CHICAGO — The American Dental Association wants dentists to drastically cut back on prescribing opioid painkillers.

The association announced a new policy Monday that “essentially says eliminate opioids from your arsenal if at all possible,” said Dr. Joseph Crowley, the group’s president. The Chicago-based group represents around 161,000 dentists.

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