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CDC Releases Final Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
Checklist, FAQ and fact sheet attached

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its final opioid prescribing guidelines, intended to provide recommendations for primary care clinicians who prescribe opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care and end-of-life care. The guidelines address when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation; and assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use. They are the first national standard and the broadest set of guidelines yet, and they recommend a distinct change from current practice — that doctors first prescribe ibuprofen or aspirin for patients’ pain, and that when opioids are prescribed, the prescriptions should be for just three days (and a maximum of seven days). In addition to the attached checklist, frequently asked questions and fact sheet, the CDC has provided a website with additional tools to guide clinicians in implementing the recommendations.