“Next month will mark the one year anniversary of opioid guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – guidelines that discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain,” writes Pat Anson in the February 15, 2017 edition the Pain News Network newsletter.
My Expectations for CDC Opioid Guidelines One Year Ago
As I explained in my April 20, 2016 blog, Will the New Opioids Restrictions Help to Reduce Overdoses?, politicians and some government officials told us at the time that the new CDC opioid guidelines would reduce deaths due to overdoses. Based on the early evidence, I thought it was unlikely that the CDC’s guidelines would accomplish this goal. It was my belief that the guidelines would not help solve the opioid crisis. However, they would place people with pain at higher risk of suffering.