As we know the opioid “epidemic” is a political issue as well as a public health issue. Dr. Sanford Silverman was a member of the stakeholder review group for the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain 2016. Here are a summary of bullet points from his recent talk “THE ESSENCE OF CDC OPIOIDS GUIDELINES: WHAT ARE THE RAMIFICATIONS?”. Dr. Silverman recently delivered this talk on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the ASIPP annual meeting.
Possible consequences of CDC guidelines:
- There will be a chilling effect on doctors prescribing habits
- Patients may be “cut off “ by physicians, insurance companies, WC, etc.
- Lawyers will be watching
- There probably will be some unintended suffering of patients with chronic pain
- There may be less overdose deaths (heroin)
To learn more about opioid addiction and the CDC guidelines, consider reading Controlled Substance Management in Chronic Pain: A Balanced Approach. This comprehensive guide covers prescribing controlled substances for patients with acute or chronic pain and provides a balanced discussion on appropriate treatment, addiction, safety and complications.