Juvenille Opioid Addicitons on the Rise, Wisdom Teeth Removal Suspected as Culprit
Opioid addiction is a major problem in some parts of the country. That addiction is often a result of a legal prescription for opioid painkillers following an injury or surgery.
Two recent studies have identified that a common surgical procedure may be contributing to painkiller addiction: wisdom teeth removal. The problem is worse among those under 18.
Blake Kitamura is an oral surgeon in Honolulu and discussed the findings.