Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use

The President announced federal, state, local and private sector efforts aimed at addressing the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic. These include commitments by more than 40 provider groups – representing doctors, dentists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists and educators — that more than 540,000 health care providers will complete opioid prescriber […]

CDC Updates Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “still revising and making lots of changes” to its controversial draft guidelines for opioid prescribers, according to a source who listened to a CDC conference call today updating “stakeholders” about the guidelines. But CDC officials gave few specifics on what modification have been made, and […]

Are the CDC Opioid Guidelines Really Voluntary?

“A guideline coming from CDC will be viewed as having a stronger pedigree than a guideline coming from a professional society or other source, and will thus be more likely to be adopted as reflecting a standard of practice, or adopted as a rule by state licensing boards,” said Bob Twillman, PhD, Executive Director of […]

From the Academy: Our Concerns About the CDC Guideline Process

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an unprecedented effort, is developing guidelines for primary care prescribing of opioid analgesics to people with chronic pain who are not at the end of life. The Academy is a stakeholder organization that has been asked by CDC to review and comment on these draft […]

American Academy of Pain Management Requests Extension for Responses to CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H. Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, Georgia 30329-4027 RE: Draft CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain Dear Dr. Houry: Earlier this year, your center posted a request for proposals, designed to assist the Centers for Disease […]