The Board of Dental Examiners is responsible for the protection of the public by governing and regulating the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in New Hampshire. The Board has four principle functions:
Emergency Rules approved by the NH Board of Dental Examiners regarding opioid prescribing.
January 5, 2016
For immediate assistance with addiction or substance misuse, call the New Hampshire Statewide Addiction Crisis Line toll-free at 1-844-711-HELP (4357) or
send an email to: [email protected]
The Board approved emergency rules regarding opioid prescribing at its meeting on January 4, 2016. These rules do not apply to cancer patients or patients receiving palliative care.
Use of a morphine dose equivalent calculator is recommended for prescribers of opioids.
Acute Pain Patient Information
The emergency rules require licensees who prescribe an opioid for acute pain to provide the patient with certain information. The Board's Acute Pain Patient Information document can be used for this purpose, although licensees may choose a different method of communicating this information.
The emergency rules require licensees who prescribe opioids for chronic pain to utilize the following:
1. An informed consent with specific elements. The Board does not endorse a specific informed consent, but samples can be found on the NH Medical Society website, and The National Institute on Drug Abuse website .
2. A risk assessment with specific elements. The Board does not endorse a specific risk assessment tool, but samples can be found on the NH Medical Society website, American Academy of Pain Medicine website and the Washington State Agency Medical Directors' Group .
3. A written pain agreement. The Board does not endorse a specific pain agreement, but samples can be found on the NH Medical Society website and the Washington State Agency Medical Directors' Group .
4. Appropriate toxicology screens.
These licensees must also adhere to the principles outlined in the NH Dental Society Opioids in the Dental Practice Guidelines for New Hampshire Dentists and the Federation of State Medical Boards Model Policy on the Use of Opioid Analgesics in the Treatment of Chronic Pain .
For questions or concerns, please contact Connie Stratton at (603) 271-4561 or [email protected].
Pursuant to RSA 317-A:18, the Board has the authority to investigate possible misconduct by licensees. An investigation may include unannounced inspections of a licensee's practice location in order to determine day-to-day practices.
2016 Checklist for Infectious Disease Control used by the Board's investigators when conducting an unannounced inspection.
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