CDC Releases Guidelines for Opioid Prescriptions
Posted By Schick Shadel || Apr 4, 2016
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of opioid addiction, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines that could help reduce the risk of abuse or overdose. Recent numbers show that opioid addiction affects roughly 1.9 million people. The new guidelines offer health care organizations recommendations to help prescribe the medication.
These recommendations are to be used by medical professionals and pharmacists to determine if and when patients should receive opioids as treatment for their condition. The guideline also sets recommendations regarding the selection of medication, the amount of medication needed, how long to take the prescription, and when and how to reassess the need for opioids, usually placing limits on all of these factors.
There are 12 recommendations in the new guideline, but there are three in particular that may make the biggest difference in preventing addiction. These three recommendations mention:
- Exercising caution when prescribing opioids. This includes monitoring patients closely.
- Using non-opioid therapy in cases outside of active cancer and end-of-life care.
- Using the lowest possible effective dosage when opioids are prescribed.
The ultimate goal is to limit the risks of addiction. These guidelines can be the difference between lowering the rate of overdose and more opioid-related deaths.
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