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Dentists Closely Watching Pain Management Study

October 13, 2019
by News 3 Las Vegas

The National Institute of Health is putting its money where its mouth is in the opioid crisis by shelling out nearly $12 million for a long-term study to determine if non-addictive pain medication like acetaminophen and ibuprofen are as effective as opioids following dental procedures.

The multi-year study will be headed up by the Rutgers University School of Dentistry, and involve approximately 1,800 of the school’s dental patients. Dr, Joseph Wineman, former president of the Southern Nevada Dental Association, is hopeful the study will produce some useful results because opioids always present the potential for prescription abuse.

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