“Guidelines for opioid prescribing being developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will worsen the nation’s drug abuse problem and cause even more deaths, according to a large new survey of pain patients. Many patients also fear they will lose access to opioids if the guidelines are adopted.
2,047 acute and chronic pain patients in the U.S. participated in the online survey by Pain News Network and the Power of Pain Foundation. Over 82 percent said they currently take an opioid pain medication.
When asked if the CDC guidelines would be helpful or harmful to pain patients, nearly 93% said they would be harmful. Only 2% think the guidelines for primary care physicians will be helpful.
Nearly 90% of patients said they were “very worried” or “somewhat worried” that they would not be able to get opioid pain medication if the guidelines were adopted.”
Source: PainNewsNetwork.org – October 14, 2015