“This guideline provides recommendations for primary care clinicians who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. The guideline addresses 1) when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; 2) opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and 3) assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use
CDC obtained input from experts, stakeholders, the public, peer reviewers, and a federally chartered advisory committee. It is important that patients receive appropriate pain treatment with careful consideration of the benefits and risks of treatment options. This guideline is intended to improve communication between clinicians and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder, overdose, and death.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – March 15, 2016
See related commentary from the New England Journal of Medicine – Reducing the Risks of Relief — The CDC Opioid-Prescribing Guideline available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1515917
See related article from the New York Times – Patients in Pain, and a Doctor Who Must Limit Drugs available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/health/er-pain-pills-opioids-addiction-doctors.html?_r=1
See related article from Time.com – Painkillers Are Increasingly Prescribed After Low-Risk Surgery available at: http://time.com/4259818/painkillers-addiction-surgery/
See related article from STAT.com – 1 in 3 Americans blame doctors for national opioid epidemic, STAT-Harvard poll finds available at: http://www.statnews.com/2016/03/17/stat-harvard-opioid-poll/