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Guidelines Proposed for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the opening of a public comment period on its draft guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The guideline provides recommendations for initiation or continuation of opioids for chronic pain; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation; and assessment of risk and addressing harms of opioid use. Intended for use by primary care providers treating patients with chronic pain (lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing) in outpatient settings, the guideline applies to patients 18 and older with chronic pain outside of palliative and end-of-life care. It is not intended to apply to patients in treatment for active cancer. The draft guideline is not a federal regulation, and adherence will be voluntary. Comments may be submitted in writing or online.