CDC issues sweeping new guidelines to restrict opioid prescribing
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, based in Atlanta Georgia USA, issued new guidelines in an attempt to stem the tide of deaths and overdoses resulting from the consumption of opioids to manage pain. This family of pharmaceutical drugs prescribed by physicians to treat chronic pain, has long been known for its addictive qualities and high risk of overdose.
“Management of chronic pain is an art and a science. The science of opioids for chronic pain is clear” for the vast majority of patients, the known, serious, and too-often fatal risks far outweigh the unproven and transient benefits, wrote CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Debra Houry, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in an essay today in the New England Journal of Medicine.”