The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is in the process of being updated to include new evidence and recommendations on acute, sub-acute, and chronic pain. The updated clinical practice guideline is intended to help improve communication between providers and patients and empower them to make informed, patient-centered decisions related to safe and effective pain care.

Clinical Tools for Primary Care Providers

The Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain is intended to help providers determine when and how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain, and also how to use nonopioid and nonpharmacologic options that are effective with less risk. The clinical tools below have been developed with you, the primary care provider, in mind, to help you carry out the complex task of balancing pain management with the potential risks that prescription opioids pose.

Talk with Patients

Talk with patients about their pain management options and risks of opioid treatments using Conversation Starters.

Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention
Turn the Tide Pocket Guide
Identifying Risks When Prescribing Opioids
Reduce Overdose. Prescribe Responsibly.
Safer, More Effective Pain Management
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