CDC Opioid Prescription Guidelines Open for Public Comment

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is in the process of updating the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. This week, the draft updated clinical practice guideline for prescribing opioids is available for public comment in the Federal Register.

The public comment period will be open for 60 days through April 11, 2022. According to the CDC, the guideline is intended to be a clinical tool to improve communication between providers and patients and empower them to make informed, patient-centered decisions related to safe and effective pain care. The guideline recommendations are voluntary and are not intended to be applied as inflexible standards.

Additional information, including the link to the Federal Register, is available here.