CDC Warns of Misapplication of Its Opioid Guideline

 According to an April 24 CDC media statement,(www.cdc.gov) a recent commentary(www.nejm.org) in the New England Journal of Medicine penned by authors of the agency’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016,(www.cdc.gov) warned that misapplication of the guideline can risk patient health and safety.

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The commentary’s authors outlined examples of how the guideline, which is intended to be used by primary care physicians who are treating chronic pain in patients age 18 and older, has been misapplied. They also highlight advice it contains that is critical for safe and effective implementation of the recommendations.

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