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Juvenille Opioid Addicitons on the Rise, Wisdom Teeth Removal Suspected as Culprit

Joint Base Langley-Eustis

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.


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