Final CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
The 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.Visit the CDC’s website for resources that will help improve 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.
You can also view the following in our tools and resources library:
- CDC 2016 Chronic Pain Guideline (Core Requirements)
- Guideline from the CDC on determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, and information on assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use
- CDC Opioid Prescribing Checklist
- For providers to use when considering long-term opioid therapy for patient; if renewing an opioid without patient visit; and when reassessing opioid use at return visit