Rite-Of-Passage Procedure May Be Leading Teens Into Opioid Addiction

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4 Dec 2018 12:05 AM EST

A common teenage rite of passage is having your wisdom teeth pulled. But according to Gizmodo, that same procedure may be raising the risk of teens getting hooked on opioids. Children prescribed dental opioids are more likely to abuse them within a year’s time than those who don’t. Only a small percentage of people who are prescribed opioids develop a harmful addiction. However, the risk of addiction does tend to increase with greater exposure to opioids. The Stanford study's authors say dentists should reconsider their reliance on opioids as a first-line pain treatment for young patients. Do we need opioids, and do we need the procedure? Lead author Dr. Alan Schroeder, Stanford University

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