CDC Releases New Guidelines on Opioid Prescriptions for Chronic Pain

It is common knowledge that there is an opioid epidemic in America in 2016. On March 15, 2016, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued final recommendations for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to combat an epidemic of prescription overdoses that claims 40 lives a day.
When it comes to most chronic-pain patients, the CDC’s advice seemingly boils down to one word — don’t.
“The science of opioids for chronic pain is clear,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, in a news teleconference March 15th. “For the vast majority of patients, the known, serious and all too often fatal risks far outweigh the unproven and transient benefits, and there are safer alternatives.”
In my opinion, overall the guidelines are good. What concerns me is Recommendation # 5 which limits the morphine equivalent dosing. I think some patients will be hurt because insurance companies will cut them off. I hope this does not happen.
Dr. Peter Staats and I have co-authored a book on this topic entitled – “Controlled Substance Management in Chronic Pain: A Balanced Approach”, which which will be released soon via this website and via Our textbook could not come a a better time because the opioid epidemic is a huge issue for governmental entities like the CDC, DEA etc.