Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that require a prescription from a medical professional.

When taken as prescribed for short periods of time under the care of a medical professional, opioids can be a safe and effective pain management tool. Unfortunately, opioid abuse is a growing and dangerous problem in America, as they can also act as a gateway into the abuse of other drugs like heroin. Learn more about opioids at ADA.org/opioids and read this article (PDF) to discover how over-the-counter medication can effectively relieve short-term dental pain.

This article, along with additional links, can be found at: https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/o/opioids

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