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July 26, 2011

Dr. Elliot Hersh Explores Dentists’ Role in Opioid Abuse Prevention

Philadelphia — With an estimated 23 percent of prescribed doses of opioids used non-medically and dentist prescribing 12 percent of immediate-release (IR) opioids, Dr. Elliot Hersh, Professor, Department of Oral Surgery & Pharmacology, and Director of the Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Penn Dental Medicine was among a panel of experts convened to discuss the role of dentists in preventing prescription opioid abuse. In March 2010, Tufts Health Care Institute Program on Opioid Risk Management and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, co-hosted a two-day meeting on opioid abuse and how dentists can help minimize the potential for misuse and abuse. Dr. Hersh was among the panel of nine experts selected from academia, professional organizations, industry, law enforcement and governmental to participate in the meeting, coauthoring with them a report on the findings of the meeting, published in the July 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.



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