Opioid pills When studying the CDC guide, employers can recognize the importance of both treating pain as well as screening, recognizing, and intervening when risky and/or problematic drug use exists.

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) developed the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Born out of America’s opioid epidemic and struggle with pain, the CDC analyzed research on opioid prescribing and pain treatment to ultimately develop the guide.

The guide was meant to apply to patients and providers in particular settings where opioids might be considered or used for treating pain. Though, as an unintended consequence of the CDC guide, some governmental bodies, insurers, health systems, and prescribers adopted changes beyond the scope and intent of the guide. This resulted in harm to patients. Recently, the CDC guide was updated and is currently in draft form for public comment.

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