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I am pleased that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines on March 15, 2016, to assist doctors with more accurately prescribing opioid medication.
Much education is needed to put an end to the epidemic of overdose deaths, and to help decrease the levels of opioids currently being prescribed for chronic pain.
Other than for cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care, there is very little evidence that opioid medication for chronic pain makes any difference in pain scores or functional improvement. This emphasizes the importance of being conscientious when prescribing such medication and thinking 'outside of the box' to develop treatment plans that work.
It is important to balance prescribing medication for each of these groups, and eliminate prescriptions for those who are unfortunately just looking for drugs.
There is growing consensus in the medical community that opioid medication should not be unimodal therapy (the one and only treatment) to treat pain. Hopefully, the CDC recommendations will move the country in the direction of alternative means to managing pain, such as exercise and other therapies.
Find the full CDC report here: http://www.cdc.gov/media/dpk/2016/dpk-opioid-prescription-guidelines.html
Lynn M. Fahey, PhD
CEO, Brandywine Counseling & Community Services, Inc.
2713 Lancaster Ave. Wilmington, DE 19805
Phone: (302) 225-9269