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New CDC guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain

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CDC unveiled Wednesday new draft guidelines for the prescription of opioids for chronic pain. The guidelines aim to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid analgesics for adults in primary care settings.

CDC unveiled Wednesday new draft guidelines for the prescription of opioids for chronic pain. The guidelines aim to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid analgesics for adults in primary care settings. Clinical practices addressed in the guidelines include determining when to start or continue opioids for chronic pain outside of end-of-life care; opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation; and assessing the risk and harms of opioid use. CDC noted that more than 250 million prescriptions for opioid pain relievers were issued in 2012. In addition, although prescription opioid sales have increased 300% since 1999, there has not been an overall increase in the amount of pain reported. Statistics also show that nearly 2 million individuals aged 12 years and older abused or were dependent on opioid analgesics in 2013. Comments on the clinical practices addressed in the draft CDC opioid prescribing guidelines may be submitted until 5:00 p.m. EST on September 18.

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