Too many antibiotics, opioids for dental patients in ER

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TUESDAY, February 25, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Too many patients come to U.S. emergency rooms because of dental problems prescribed antibiotics and opioid analgesics, a new study says. .

The findings show the need for continued efforts to combat both opioid abuse and antibiotic abuse, researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

In the study, investigators analyzed data from 2012 to 2014 and found that more than 50% of patients who came to the emergency department because of dental problems had prescribed antibiotics and about 40% of them filled in. opioid analgesics (such as OxyContin).

More than 30% of patients fill out prescriptions for both antibiotics and opioids, Rebecca Roberts, an epidemiologist at CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues noted in a newsletter from the American Dental Association (ADA).

"Making previous findings that dental diagnoses are a common and avoidable reason for visits (emergency department), prescribing antibiotics and opioids for conditions this situation is even more relevant, "the study authors wrote in the report published in the March issue. Journal of the American Dental Association.

As part of its ongoing efforts to promote responsible antibiotic use, ADA issued a guide in 2019 saying that, in most cases, antibiotics are not recommended for toothache, Is one …


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