Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

http://consumer.healthday.com/dental-and-oral-information-9/misc-dental-problem-news-174/dentists-drilling-for-drug-abuse-information-702348.html

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Don’t be surprised if your next dental checkup includes questions about illicit drug use. A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use. The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct drug screening of new patients…

“Because dental care routinely involves treating pain and emergencies, dentists may encounter substance-seeking patients who complain of pain more severe than anticipated based on the nature of their dental condition, who report lost prescriptions for opioid pain medications, or who only seek dental treatment sporadically,” lead author Carrigan Parish, an associate research scientist from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a university news release…

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