According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 165,000 people in the U.S. died between 1999 and 2014 as a result of overdoses related to prescription opioids. To address this public health crisis, the CDC has developed a new resource for clinicians: Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
Providers play an important role in helping patients manage chronic pain. Please review the guideline and the prescribing checklist and consider what steps you can take to protect your patients and your practice.
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