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Opioid Epidemic Reaches Crescendo as COVID-19 Stays Center Stage

November 23, 2021
by ADA

An estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses — driven primarily by illicit synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl — in one year, according to a Nov. 17 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is the first time that milestone has been reached and serves as a tragic reminder that as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid crisis is still ongoing and needs to remain top of mind for dental professionals.

“It is alarming,” said Sharon Parsons, D.D.S., past president of the Ohio Dental Association and passionate advocate for spreading awareness about the opioid epidemic.

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