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Comment & Response
December 11, 2018

Third Molar Extraction and Persistent Use of Opioids

Author Affiliations
  • 1Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 2University of Connecticut, Avon
  • 3School of Dentistry, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA. 2018;320(22):2377. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17187

To the Editor Dr Harbaugh and colleagues1 addressed an important issue as to whether the initial prescription of an opioid after wisdom tooth extraction leads to persistent use. The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has been addressing this issue, including publishing a white paper on opioid use2 as well as supporting research on alternative means of pain control for third molar procedures.3

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