KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A new law in Missouri limits the amount and type of opiate pain medications dentists can prescribe.
The bill signed earlier this month requires dentists to limit the opiate prescriptions to at most the equivalent of 10 regular per day Vicodin pills and, according to one study, opioids such as prolonged-release oxyContin should not be prescribed.
According to the American Dental Association, dentists prescribed 6.4% of all US opioid prescriptions in 2012.
A 2018 study found that people Over 16 to 25 year olds whose first opioids are prescribed by a dentist, the likelihood of opioid abuse within a year is about ten times higher.
The Missouri Dental Association worked with legislators on the language of the bill. Dan Kessler, who heads the group, tells the Kansas City Star that dentists can be screened for exceeding dose limits.