CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.
What do you need to know?
Information and resources for patients
Overview of the guideline for providers
Fact sheets, clinical tools, and other materials related to the guideline
Clinical practices addressed in the guideline
- Determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care
- Opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation
- Assessing risk and addressing harms of opioid use