CDC releases prescribing opioids and chronic pain guidelines

Posted on: March 17, 2016 10:00 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The Guideline provides twelve recommendations for primary care clinicians about the appropriate prescribing of opioids to improve pain management and patient safety.

The document is available at

The goals: 1) help clinicians determine if and when to start prescription opioids for chronic pain; 2) give guidance about medication selection, dose, and duration, and when and how to reassess progress, and discontinue medication if needed; and 3) help clinicians and patients work together to assess the benefits and risks of prescription opioid use

The CDC has created a fact sheet to promote the guidelines. The fact sheet is available at

Ohio's Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) has also released guidelines, available at