Pain Patients Worried About CDC Expanding Opioid Guideline

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“These guidelines have been a disaster for people with chronic pain.” 

“The guideline is flat out wrong on facts, wrong on science and wrong on medical ethics.” 

“The CDC has no qualifications or authority to develop pain management guidelines, especially those pertaining to opioid therapy.” 

Those are just a few of the comments we received from nearly 4,200 pain patients and healthcare providers who participated in PNN’s survey on impending changes to the CDC’s opioid prescribing guideline. 

“It has been misunderstood, misapplied, bastardized and weaponized to use against chronic pain patients,” is how one pain sufferer put it.  

People obviously have strong opinions about the CDC guideline. Can it be changed and made more effective? Or should the entire guideline be thrown out? 

Nearly 75% of the people we surveyed believe the guideline should be withdrawn or revoked. That’s not likely to happen, however, as the CDC completes a lengthy review and update of the guideline that started two years ago.

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