CDC Resources for Clinicians Using New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

PUBLISHED: Dec 21, 2016

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was published in March 2016. It provides recommendations about the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain relievers and other treatment options to improve pain management and patient safety.

The CDC has also released a suite of resources to assist communication between providers 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.

New clinical tools are geared toward the primary care provider with the goal of assisting providers balance pain management with the potential risks that prescription opioids pose. Specific tools include:

  • Opioid prescribing guidelines mobile app
  • Pharmacists brochure
  • Tapering Pocket Guide
  • Fact Sheet summarizing the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
  • Checklist for prescribing opioids for chronic pain
  • Assessing benefits and harms of opioid therapy
  • Calculator for determining total daily dose of opioids for safer dosage

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