New Prescription Guidelines – Chronic Pain
| Curbing a ‘doctor-driven’ prescription overdose epidemic.
March 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new guideline for prescribing opioids such as Oxycontin (oxycodone) for chronic pain; that are not related to cancer or end-of-life care.
This article, written by Kenneth Chance, originally appeared on https://www.arrowheadlodgerecovery.com/baby-boomers-prescription-opioid-painkiller-addiction. Kenneth Chance is the founder and CEO/President of Arrowhead Lodge Recovery.
The guideline’s goal is to curb what CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden calls a ‘doctor-driven’ prescription overdose epidemic.
“Today and every day this year, more than 40 Americans will die from a prescription opioid overdose,” Dr. Tom Frieden said at a CDC press conference.
National Pain Strategy recognizes access to safe and effective care for people suffering from pain as a Public Health Priority.
On March 18, 2016, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services released a national pain strategy plan – emphasizing the need to treat chronic pain with a variety of well-tested approaches.
“Chronic pain is a biopsychosocial condition that often requires integrated, multi-modal, and interdisciplinary treatment, all components of which should be evidence-based…”
“We need to ensure that people with pain get appropriate care.
And that means defining how we can best manage pain care in this country.”
“Of the millions of people who suffer from chronic pain, too many find that it affects many or all aspects of their lives,” said Linda Porter, Ph.D., director, NIH’s Office of Pain Policy and co-chair of the IPRCC working group that helped to develop the report.
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