CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain
The CDC is in the midst of preparing a new Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. A false-start occurred after the CDC received heavy backlash about their secretive process, from staff within several federal agencies, as well as organizations such as the American Academy of Pain Management, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and Washington Legal Foundation. The CDC ultimately was pressured to extend a 30-day comment period during which the general public could respond to their proposed guidelines. The public comment period closed on January 13, 2016, after receiving more than 4000 comments.
Read the comments submitted by the American Academy of Pain Management in response to the proposed guideline.
On January 28th, the CDC Injury Prevention and Control Center held a public hearing as part of a meeting of its Board of Scientific Counselors. A summary of that meeting is found here.