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Daily Mail: American Dentists Write a Whopping 18 Million Opioid Prescriptions Every Year

By August 23, 2019 No Comments

The 2019 study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, found that the chances of being prescribed opioids for a minor injury like an ankle sprain – or routine wisdom teeth extraction – varies widely depending on the state in which a person lives.

Researchers say that patients seeking medical care were on average three times more likely to be given opioids in ‘high-prescribing states’ like Georgia and Nebraska than in ‘low-prescribing states’ like Michigan

‘This is an indication that a lot of people are getting opioid prescriptions and there’s a lot of variation we couldn’t account for,’ lead author Dr M Kit Delgado, an assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at Penn, told Daily Mail Online.

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    M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine