Comment Reminder: Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain
The Bree Collaborative Opioid Prescribing Metrics have been approved by the Washington State Health Care Authority. The Draft Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain remains out for public comment through Friday, August 25. Please read on for more information.
Your feedback is requested on the Bree Collaborative’s draft Dental Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain. Our workgroup will review comments before submitting a final draft for review and adoption by the Bree Collaborative. Please read the draft Guideline before completing the survey here. We estimate that this survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Among prescribers of opioids for adolescents, dentists are proportionately the most prevalent prescribers. An estimated 56 million tablets of 5 mg hydrocodone are prescribed after third molar extractions each year in the United States. High schoolers who receive an opioid prescription are 33% more likely to misuse opioids between the ages of 18 and 23 years. Dental providers could play a critical role in minimizing opioid exposure for vulnerable young people by reducing the number of opioid tablets prescribed for common procedures such as extractions.
This guideline was developed in collaboration with a broad advisory group of the state’s academic leaders, pain experts, and dentists in general care and specialty areas in response to the growing epidemic of opioid-related overdoses and supplements the Agency Medical Director’s Group (AMDG) Interagency Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Pain. The guideline is based on the best available clinical and scientific evidence from the literature and a consensus of expert opinion.
Feedback must be received by 5pm Friday, August 25.
For more information or to give additional feedback, please contact Ginny Weir, Program Director of the Bree Collaborative at GWeir@qualityhealth.org or visit www.breecollaborative.org Thank you in advance for your participation in this effort to improve health care quality, outcomes, and affordability in Washington State.
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