Report on opioid prescribing by Ontario dentists
March 19, 2018
The Health Analytics Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care was asked for
data from the Narcotics Monitoring System regarding
the opioid prescribing patterns of dentists in Ontario.
The College received prescription dispense data for the
calendar years 2014, 2015 and 2016. These were analyzed
to assess the level of opioid prescribing by dentists,
changes to prescribing patterns over the years and the
impact of our opioid Guidelines released in late 2014.
Read our full report.
- Dentists dispense events were 3.3% of the total in 2014
compared to physician’s dispense events of 96.7%
- Dentists prescribed opioids for 12% of all opioid patients
with 9% by dentists only (in 2014)
- Dentist dispenses per patient was 1.3 in 2014;
physicians’ rate was 5.0
- Tylenol 2/3, Percocet, Tramadol, Meperidine and
Oxycodone account for 97.5% of the dentist opioid
- Tylenol 2/3 was the most (75%) prescribed opioid by
- Dispenses per patient were higher for general dentists
- There were differences in dispense event patterns by
dental specialty and by opioid
- Patients generally received prescriptions from one