Wisdom Teeth Bringing Opioid Addiction Danger?

Wisdom Teeth Bringing Opioid Addiction Danger?


. A NEW WARNING ABOUT OPIOID ADDICTION. IT’S THOUGHT FIVE MILLION AMERICANS HAVE THEIR WISDOM TEETH REMOVED EVERY YEAR. WHAT PARENTS AND PATIENTS NEED TO KNOW TO AVOID ADDICTION. Reporter: ELLEN’S DAUGHTER SAGE WAS A YOUNG MOTHER DOTING ON THEIR 16-YEAR- OLD SON. IN 2017 SHE NEEDED TO HAVE HER WISDOM TEETH REMOVED. THEY GAVE THEIR A FIVE DAY SPLICE AND HE SAID IF YOU NEED MORE LET ME KNOW. Reporter: SAGE DID CALL AND QUICKLY BECAME DEPENDENT GETTING SEVERAL REFILLS BEFORE MOVING TO HEROIN. ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. Reporter: 15 MONTHS AFTER HAVING HER WISDOM TEETH REMOVED SHE OVERDOSED AND DIED IN AN AIRPORT BATHROOM ON HER WAY TO A 4th ROUND OF REHAB. IT WAS SHOCKING. SHE WAS GONE. Reporter: A DOCTOR STUDIED PAIN AND HE SAID THAT DESPITE RESEARCH SHOWING A COMBINATION OF REGULAR MEDICATION IS BETTER FOR TREAT PAIN DENTISTS STILL PRESCRIBE OPIOIDS. FOR MANY DENTAL CARE IS THE FIRST OPIOID EXPOSURE. IT COULD BE LIKE 50,000 KIDS A YEAR BECOMING NEW USERS AFTER JUST SOMETHING SIMPLE LIKE A WISDOM TOOTH REMOVAL. Reporter: JUST FILLING THE PRESCRIPTION AFTER WISDOM TOOTH SURGERY MORE THAN DOUBLED THE ODDS OF CONTINUED USE AMONG PATIENTS WHO HAD NEVER USED THE PAINKILLERS BEFORE. IN LIGHT OF THE EPIDEMIC THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION HAS RELEASED UPDATED GUIDELINES, RECOMMENDING USE OF ALTERNATIVE PAIN USERS AND A MAXIMUM SEVEN DAY SUPPLY. ALMOST A YEAR AFTER HIS MOTHER’S DEATH ELLEN GRANDSON ASKS WHEN HIS MOM WILL COME BACK. HE WILL TAKE ME TO HER ROOM AND SAY LET’S JUST WAIT. Reporter: NEARLY A HALF MILLION FEWER DESCRIPTIONS WERE WRITTEN IN 2015. STILL IT’S NORMAL PRACTICE FOR DOCTORS TO WRITE THAT BACK UP OPIOID PRESCRIPTION.

3 comments

  1. If you are so weak that you become addicted to opiates from the 2 day prescription a dentist gives you, then you were already going to be a junkie

  2. This is insane! Now you're going to have to suffer through wisdom tooth/dental pain and get nothing because all these doctors & dentists are terrified of getting sued in case someone becomes an addict?! If these people are that afraid of lawsuits and losing their license they shouldn't have become doctors and dentists in the first place. We do not deserve to sit in pain just because these people are too afraid to do their goddamn JOB.

  3. Man after my wisdom teeth where pulled they gave me the same thing it was awesome, I just didn’t want to do heroine.

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