After losing a son to opioids, one dentist is fighting to change how his profession deals with addiction
Oxycodone is the generic name for a range of opoid pain killing tablets. Prescription bottle for Oxycodone tablets and pills on wooden table for opioid epidemic illustration

RICHMOND, Va. – On an unseasonably warm Friday morning in October, Dr. Omar Abubaker paced in front of a small lecture hall at Virginia Commonwealth University’s dental school. The 64-year-old oral surgeon, whose sharp gray suit matched his wavy hair, quipped about his caffeine habit as he gave his third-year students a crash course on the…

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  1. Painkillers at the dentist is not the problem. All this does is make it hard to get a damn vicodin after a root canal which is pure idiocy.

  2. I cannot take synthetic opioids. They can use something else for pain that will work for dental procedures. I have neuropathy and arthritis and I use lidocaine gel to manage it and take aleve. Wakes me up a lot. Plus meds dont address nerve pain well. Lyrica, etc made me literally crazy. My husband has had broken neck,back,cancer pain and chronic pain sufferer for 40 years now. Takes tramadol daily and about 12 Percocets a year. Pain management helped him to cope with pain in many ways. Sure he has rough days but he still enjoys those days.

  3. I have arthritis in both of my knees, back, and shoulders. Most times OTC will help with the pain but there are some days where without opioids i would never be able to move. Because some people abuse them i have to suffer!!!

  4. Be responsible for how you take them?… I have to take the occasional Hydrocodone for my chronic lumbar spinal stenosis. I’m very judicious in how often I take them and only when the pain keeps me awake all night. Unfortunately, the abuse of opioids makes it very difficult for us older citizens who wisely choose not to abuse them. We deal with the pain. I am a caregiver to my mother and must do all house maintenance, inside and out. I’m lucky I’m able to with my back pain.

  5. I constantly worried having them in the house. Was so happy when hubby got a pump no pills in house.


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