The CDC is developing an opioid prescribing guideline to help primary care providers offer safer, more effective care for patients with chronic pain and help reduce misuse, abuse, and overdose from these drugs. The guideline will provide recommendations to primary care providers about the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain medications to improve pain management and patient safety. Recommendations focus on the use of opioids in treating chronic pain (i.e., pain lasting longer than three months or past the time of normal tissue healing). The guideline is not intended for patients who are in active cancer treatment, palliative care, or end-of-life care.
Here is a draft of the policy. CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline
You can leave commentary about this guideline until January 13, 2016. Please go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=CDC-2015-0112-0001 to leave comments or obtain more information.