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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