Prescribing opioids: Resources for providers

Here are some resources to consider as you assess opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing:

From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in Primary Care Settings  The 2016 Guideline is for primary care clinicians treating chronic pain in patients age 18 and older.  In 2019 the CDC issued an important clarification regarding misapplication of the Guideline that could put patients at risk, such as application to populations outside its scope, dosage recommendations that result in patients being “cut off” opioids or hard limits, abrupt tapering or sudden discontinuation, and recommendations being applied to patients receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.  

From the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

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01/08/2020 06:28 PM