New CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing
The CDC recently issued the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016. The guideline targets primary care (family, general and internal medicine practices), where rates of opioid prescribing have increased at a greater pace than other specialties. The guideline provides recommendations related to three main areas of concern: 1) Determining 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.
Quick reference resources for offices/exam rooms:
Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (factsheet), http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guidelines_factsheet-a.pdf
Nonopioid Treatments for Chronic Pain (factsheet), http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/alternative_treatments-a.pdf
Checklist for prescribing opioids for chronic pain (checklist), http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pdo_checklist-a.pdf
Why Guidelines for Primary Care Providers? (infographic), http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/guideline_infographic-a.pdf
Other quick reference resources released in conjunction with the Guideline can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/resources.html.