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Study: Don't prescribe opoids to teens, young adults after wisdom teeth surgery

August 07, 2018 06:59 PM

Prescribing opioids to teens and young adults after wisdom teeth surgery may not be so wise. That's according to a new study from the University of Michigan.

It showed teens and young adults who took opioids right after wisdom teeth removal were nearly three times as likely as their peers to keep using them long after their pain subsided.

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Older teens and those in their 20s had the highest odds of misusing opioids, as were patients with a history of depression or chronic pain.

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