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:

Other quick reference resources released in conjunction with the Guideline can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/resources.html.