CDC’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Lisa Volk in Clinical & Quality

CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to improve communication between providers and patients about the risks and benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain, improve the safety and effectiveness of pain treatment, and reduce the risks associated with long-term opioid therapy, including opioid use disorder and overdose. The Guideline is not intended for patients who are in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/Guidelines_Factsheet-a.pdf 

CDC provides a wide variety of tools to assist providers determine when and how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain, and also how to use nonopioid and nonpharmacologic options that are effective with less risk. The clinical tools below have been developed with you, the primary care provider, in mind, to help you carry out the complex task of balancing pain management with the potential risks that prescription opioids pose. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/clinical-tools.html 

NYSHFA CONTACT: 

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15