Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Public Health Service U S Department Of Health And Human Services
Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy 2016, 30 (2): 138-40
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed and published the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months or past the time of normal tissue healing) outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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Robert Callahan

The CDC developed this in the sense of copying it wholesale from the addiction ax-grinders at PROP, who already had entirely too much public exposure. We need much better physician education on the subject of pain management and the best uses of available pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, these guidelines - so far as they extend beyond stating the obvious - do more harm than good to that end.

By all means post them here and read them, keeping in mind the lamentable absence of serious safe alternatives to opioids in many, many cases - and the lives lost and ruined by the failure adequately to treat intractable pain. We seem content to ignore this ongoing and rapidly worsening health crisis.


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