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CDC Telebriefing: CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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Media Advisory

Embargoed until: Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 1:00 pm. ET
Contact: CDC Media Relations


Today, CDC is issuing new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients with chronic pain.


Sylvia M. Burwell; Secretary, Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H., Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Deborah Dowell, M.D. M.P.H., Senior Medical Advisor, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control


Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12:30 PM EST

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A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web site: