Analgesia GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
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relieving or controlling pain with drugs, e.g. anodyne or other methods, pain relief, insensitivity, numbness, painlessness, unawareness
More than half of the opioids prescribed for people who have their wisdom teeth removed have leftover pills, according to a seminal study. University of Pennsylvania researchers estimate that overprescribing could add an extra 100 million opioid pills to American medicine cabinets each year.
The result? Too often those leftover narcotics wind up being misused by patients or their friends and family, says Elliot Hersh, D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor in the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pharmacology at Penn Dental Medicine and a co-author of the study.
And evidence suggests that dentists should be recommending safer dental pain relievers to provide analgesia. A body of research shows that over-the-counter pain relievers work just as well—or better—than opioids for most people, with far fewer side effects.
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