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Unwise Opioids for Wisdom Teeth: Study Shows Link to Long-Term Use in Teens, Young Adults

Young people who used opioids for pain relief when they had their wisdom teeth extracted were nearly three times as likely to become dependent on the drugs long-term, according to a study done at the University of Michigan. Specifically, of young people ages 13 to 30, those in their late teens and early 20s had the highest odds of continuing opioid use. A history of depression, anxiety and chronic pain also factored in. Study authors suggested that dentists and oral surgeons consider other pain...

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