Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 400,000 people died between 1999 and 2017 from an overdose that involved an opioid. In response to this epidemic, many states have enacted legislation, rules and regulations to address this public health crisis. In 2019, ADEA tracked 347 bills in 47 states that addressed opioid-prescribing practices or other aspects of opioids that were relevant to academic dentistry. Of those bills tracked by ADEA, 71 were enacted or adopted.