New opioid prescribing recommendations designed to guide hospital-based physicians’ use have been adopted and released by a coalition of health care policy and advocacy organizations. The revised guidance reflects evolving best practices in the use of opioids for pain management and changes in the law designed to reduce the opioid addiction crisis.
In November 2015, the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons, Missouri College of Emergency Physicians, Missouri Dental Association, Missouri Hospital Association, and Missouri State Medical Association jointly recommended a set of hospital emergency department guidelines to reduce variation in opioid prescribing practices. The new recommended guidelines expand the recommendations and reflect developments in best practices.
St. Louis Public Radio article on the new guidelines: Missouri doctors urge new limits on prescribing opioids in hospitals