Unwise opioids for wisdom teeth: Study shows link to long-term use in teens and young adults: Those who fill an opioid prescription for wisdom tooth removal are nearly three times as likely to keep using; ages 19-30 most at risk


Getting wisdom teeth removed may be a rite of passage for many teens and young adults, but the opioid painkiller prescriptions that many receive could set them on a path to long-term opioid use, a new study finds. Young people ages 13 to 30 who filled an opioid prescription immediately before or after they had their wisdom teeth out were nearly 2.7 times as likely as peers to still be filling opioid prescriptions months later.