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Opioids are narcotic pain relievers that require a prescription from a medical professional. When taken as prescribed for short periods of time under the care of a medical professional, opioids can be a safe and effective pain management tool. Unfortunately, opioid abuse is a growing and dangerous problem in America, as they can also act as a gateway into the abuse of other drugs like heroin.

Learn more about opioids at ADA.org/opioids and read this article (PDF) to discover how over-the-counter medication can effectively relieve short-term dental pain.

Common Questions About Opioids

  • What types of drugs are considered opioids?
  • Why are opioids addictive?
  • How will my dentist help me manage pain?
  • What should I do if I am prescribed an opioid?
  • How should I store and dispose of leftover pills?
  • Why is it important to talk to my family?
  • How can I help a loved one struggling with addiction?