Regional CCOs Collaborated to create Safer Opioid Prescribing Resources:
In March of 2016, the CDC released the Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The summary of evidence demonstrates that the risk of opiate use greatly outweighs the benefit for the majority of patients. Their in-depth review echoed conclusions drawn by many other organizations- the benefit gained from the long-term use of opiates for chronic, non-cancer pain does not outweigh the associated risks of using the medication. Population studies of death rates and prescribing practices demonstrate a close relationship between the amount of opiates prescribed and deaths related to their use. In short, there is inadequate evidence to support long-term opiate use for chronic, non-cancer pain.