BOSTON (CBS) – Some good news when it comes to the opioid crisis. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says opioid-related overdose deaths fell nearly 11-percent in the first six months of this year compared to the first half of last year.
One way that people are first introduced to opioids is after dental procedures and researchers in Michigan say thousands of kids a year could become new chronic opioid users after something as simple as having their wisdom teeth removed.READ MORE: MBTA Giving Out $5 Dunkin' Gift Cards And Free Masks At 15 Stations Monday
Despite the fact that a combination of ibuprofen and Tylenol can effectively treat pain after a tooth extraction, many dentists still offer opioids like Vicodin or Codeine to their patients.READ MORE: Unvaccinated State Workers Could Lose Jobs With Vaccine Mandate Now In Effect
Researchers say just filling those prescriptions could more than double the odds they would continue to misuse opioids even if they have never used these drugs before.MORE NEWS: Lawrence High School Teachers Will Rally Before Class To Protest Spike In Violence
The American Dental Association now recommends the use of alternative pain relievers and only prescribing a 7-day supply when opioids are necessary.