The opioid epidemic has evolved over the last decade. Developments at the state and federal level include:  

Understanding the severity of the use and abuse of opioid medications, AGD developed the white paper, "The Role of Dentistry in Addressing Opioid Abuse," which contains AGD's policy statements on the role of dentistry in opioid abuse. Dentists continue to decrease their use of opioid medications while relying on combinations of acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to mitigate their patients’ pain from dental procedures. 

Read the whitepaper
Additional Opioid Resources 

Dental Opioid Guidelines

AGD Opioid Submission to FDA

CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain — United States, 2022

Opioid Prescribing Data: 2012-2021

New Jersey Law Limits Opioid Prescriptions 

Current status of opioid addiction treatment and related preclinical research


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