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Consequences: CDC's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to release it's new opioid prescribing guidelines next month. A formal objection is being filed to prevent the implementation of the guidelines which would limit a primary care physician from prescribing opioid pain medication. PROP, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing has been a major influence in the drafting of the guidelines. Anti-opioid groups, prescription drug abuse centers and those with other influences have also played behind the scenes roles.

The Center for Disease Control claims the new guidelines were drafted to help alleviate the supposed opioid and overdose epidemic, but also admits that there is low quality evidence to support it's recommendations. The development was kept from the public, without consideration for comment, and bypassed steps normally taken in the process of implementation. Only a select handful were privileged to information important to all of us

A webinar was held in September and I was on the list of attendee's to join, complications arose on their side and potential participants were unable to be involved after all. The Pain News Network has been reporting since the the Draft was made public. It's recent article Fed Panel Opposes CDC Opioid Guidelines will bring you further up to date.

The CDC needs to work on disease control instead of controlling the physician-patient standard of care. PROP needs to stop presuming their group is more knowledgeable than their colleagues. patients who will no longer have access to pain care will be diverted to substance abuse clinics. This will not be a situation of unintended consequences when the intent preceded the consequences that are sure to follow.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on December 8, 2015, 8:05 PM

Thanks for this information. I really didn't know about it or even think about it.

TwinkleV wrote on December 8, 2015, 8:10 PM

You're most welcome! Many don't know because it's been kept so secretive. I truly hope it helps inform other's, too.

Thank you!

CoralLevang wrote on December 8, 2015, 8:36 PM

Far too many bureaucratic agencies/groups/committees, etc. get in the way of allowing physicians to do their job with the best interest of patients in mind. But I could get a stool to stand on and shout for hours on that one. I should probably shut up now.

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 8, 2015, 10:57 PM

Many doctors in my area have already stopped. They refer you to a pain specialist to get you prescriptions

TwinkleV wrote on December 9, 2015, 7:45 AM

Agreed! Me too! Never shut up, our thoughts are valuable. I suppose it depends on how we use them that make us or break us. I sure could go on and on myself.

Thank you

TwinkleV wrote on December 9, 2015, 7:56 AM

I understand. This has been going on for quite sometime in many States. Revisions to Opioid Prescribing Guidelines on the State levels. I don't see a need for the CDC to be involved at all. Another guideline makes no sense. Good doctor's are in fear of prescribing due to DEA and good patients are in fear of being under treated or not treated at all. It's always about the money one way or another and that's horrible.

Thank you.

grandma20121 wrote on December 12, 2015, 9:07 PM

its true there is alot of pain medication that is abused but also there are many patients who really need this medication just to get by do their medical conditions, this shall be a tough one for sure.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 16, 2016, 11:10 AM

I for one am aware of the addictive effects of Opioids. Good golly. They are so dangerous.