ODA committee passes interim opioid policy

The ODA Ad-Interim Committee passed an Interim Policy on Opioid Prescribing at its meeting in March.

The policy supports Continuing Education for dentists in prescribing opioids and other controlled substances.

The policy also supports statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than seven days for the treatment of acute pain, while also recognizing the need for clinical judgment in pain management and to determine patient care.

The policy also supports dentists registering for and utilizing OARRS, Ohio’s prescription monitoring database to promote the appropriate use of controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes and deter the misuse, abuse, and diversion of these substances.

This policy will be considered by the ODA House of Delegates in September.