The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new guideline on prescribing opioids for chronic pain, designed to assist providers in their communication with patients about opioid risks and benefits, while also improving the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reducing the risks of opioid use disorder.
Get familiar with the new guideline with these resources:
- CDC opioid fact sheet: A quick look that details the clinical reminders and opioid risk assessment.
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: The full-length version of the CDC Guideline.
- CDC checklist for opioid prescribing: Designed for primary care providers treating adults ages 18 and older with chronic pain (excluding patients with cancer or who are receiving palliative or end-of-life care).
- Opioid guideline resources page: More information on the CDC’s opioid guidelines and tools.