The following is a statement from Dr. Gary Linker, President of the Connecticut State Dental Association, commending the Connecticut Legislature on their continued efforts to combat the opioid epidemic:
HARTFORD, Conn. (June 5, 2017) –The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) commends the Governor and the Connecticut House of Representatives for voting in favor of legislation to further the state’s efforts to combat the opioid crisis.
As dentists, we sometimes prescribe opioids to patients for pain management after major procedures and we’ve watched with great concern as the opioid crisis continues to grow. The CSDA has put forth a concerted effort to educate the dental community regarding pain control, and continues to emphasize the importance of proper, safe use of opioids and other prescription medicines.
Dentists should follow and continually review Centers for Disease Control recommendations for safe opioid prescribing, including careful patient assessment, patient education and prescription monitoring programs. Now, the Connecticut legislature has the opportunity to pass legislation that would, among other things, make it easier to destroy unused prescriptions, require that scheduled drugs be electronically prescribed, expand requirements about the information that providers must share about the risks of opioids and reduce the maximum opioid prescription from seven to five days for minors.
The CSDA applauds these efforts, and urge the swift passage of this legislation in the Senate. Together, with these added protections and with the continued education of the provider and patient community, we can put an end this deadly epidemic.