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Idaho Dentists Work To Prevent Opioid Abuse

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The United States has been battling the opioid epidemic for years, with much of the focus on medical doctors and how they prescribe these medications. However, dentists work with one of the most sensitive parts of the human body and will often prescribe painkillers for their patients. Idaho Matters looks at what responsibility falls on dentists and their practices, and what patients need to know.

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.