JEFFERSON CITY, MO Dentists may prescribe that painkillers prescribed after routine dental work have become one contribute to national epidemic of opioid addiction.
Gov. Mike Parson signed the bill this month, saying that dentists should not prescribe opioids more than the equivalent of 10 regular pills per day and no sustained-release opioids like OxyContin.
Dan Kessler, president of Missouri Dental Association, said the trade group worked with lawmakers on the language in the bill.
"I think we're all for restrictions rather than prescribing or not even using things like hydrocodone," Kessler told The Kansas City Star. Hydrocodone is a component of analgesics like Vicodin.
Dentists who do not meet the requirements of the new law must document the reason in the patient's medical record. The documentation exception is for patients who have established opioid tolerance and need more effective pain relief.
If dentists do not record any prescriptions beyond the limits of the new law, the State Dental Association could investigate and potentially revoke its license, Kessler said.
"I hate to say it's on the honor system, but it's somehow," Kessler said. "But if you are a repeat offender and things happen, like people who are angry about it, then you are exposed."
The American Dental Association says dentists have prescribed 6.4% of all US opioid prescriptions in 2012 A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine in December showed that dentists' opiate prescriptions are significant in adolescents and young adults Role-play.
The study found that people aged 16 to 25 whose first opiates were prescribed by a dentist are more than 10 times more likely to be diagnosed with opioid abuse within one year than their peers. Adolescents and young adults are more susceptible to addiction problems as their brains are still evolving, and dentists are the most common opioid prescribers for adolescents because most people's wisdom teeth are removed.
Exposure of this group who are susceptible to abuse, "said John Dane, the dental director of the Department of Health of Missouri.