The New CDC Opioid Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control meant well when it issued the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain in March of 2016.
On its website, the CDC asserts that it created the guideline on “the basis of a systematic review of the scientific evidence while considering benefits and harms, values and preferences, and resource allocation.” I’d argue with that statement, but I’d never suggest that the CDC meant to hurt anyone.
Instead, I’d say only that the CDC was mistaken and misguided in its approach to creating its Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. And now, unsurprisingly (but horribly), we’re dealing with the consequences.