Report: Wisdom tooth surgery increases risk for long-term use of opioids

Using insurance data, a new study looks at the impact of wisdom teeth removal on opioid use. (Getty/SIphotography)

Getting wisdom teeth pulled often comes with a side of potent painkillers to help the discomfort. 

And a new research report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday warns those opioid drug prescriptions associated with the common dental procedure may be leading to long-term use among young people. 

Researchers from the University of Michigan's Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation examined the national Truven MarketScan, a national employer insurance database, to focus on 56,686 wisdom tooth patients between 2009 and 2015.


2019 Drug Pricing and Reimbursement Stakeholder Summit

Given federal and state pricing requirements arising, press releases from industry leading pharma companies, and the new Drug Transparency Act, it is important to stay ahead of news headlines and anticipated requirements in order to hit company profit targets, maintain value to patients and promote strong, multi-beneficial relationships with manufacturers, providers, payers, and all other stakeholders within the pricing landscape. This conference will provide a platform to encourage a dialogue among such stakeholders in the pricing and reimbursement space so that they can receive a current state of the union regarding regulatory changes while providing actionable insights in anticipation of the future.

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The study comes in the midst of an opioid crisis, with opioid overdoses accounting for more than 42,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2016, more than any previous year on record. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates 40% of opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid.

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