October 1, 2021

A Comparison of Opioid Prescribing Patterns by Dentists in New York and Oregon, 2014-2016

Dentists are 1 of the top 5 opioid analgesic prescribers among health care professionals in the US. However, most of these prescriptions remain unused after dental surgery, with upwards of 100 million opioid analgesic pills estimated to be left unused.

This report describes dentistsā€™ opioid prescribing patterns for Medicaid beneficiaries in 2 very different statesā€”Oregon and New Yorkā€”prior to the implementation of several national and state level opioid prescribing guidelines.

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