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 to discover how over-the-counter medication can effectively relieve short-term dental pain.
Common Questions About Opioids
What types of drugs are considered opioids?
Why are opioids addictive?
How will my dentist help me manage pain?
What should I do if I am prescribed an opioid?
How should I store and dispose of leftover pills?
Why is it important to talk to my family?
How can I help a loved one struggling with addiction?