CDC currently revising 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is in the process of updating the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

As of today, the draft updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids is available for public comment in the Federal Register.

The public comment period will be open for 60 days,  through April 11, 2022. We encourage all patients, caregivers, providers, and others who care about safe, effective, and informed pain treatment options to submit their comments via the Federal Register docket.

It is vitally important to CDC that we receive, process, and understand public feedback during the guideline update process. ‘

The guideline is intended to be a clinical tool to improve communication between providers and patients and empower them to make informed, patient-centered decisions related to safe and effective pain care.

The guideline recommendations are voluntary and are not intended to be applied as inflexible standards of care or replace clinical judgement or individualized, patient-centered care.

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