The American Hospital Association and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have published a new patient education packet on opioid prescription use. These resources include information on the risks of using opioids and what complications can increase those risks. Furthermore, they include some information on alternative options for pain treatment as well as recommendations if a patient is already using opioids (how to safely store prescriptions, how to correctly dispose of them, etc.) The objective of this packet is to promote discussions between medical providers and patients about opioid use by providing relevant scientific information.
How can I do that?
1. Go to the CDC’s website on “Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain”
2. Go to the box on the right of the page that is labelled “Guideline Recommendations”
3. Download the PDF by clicking on the “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain: Recommendations”