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Proposed opioid prescribing guidelines: 12 recommendations for clinicians


The CDC has called the proposed 2022 opioid guidelines voluntary and not intended to be an “inflexible standard.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this year released proposed opioid guidelines that would remove hard prescribing caps, and rely on clinical judgement.

The guidelines, which are considered voluntary and aren’t intended to impose an “inflexible standard” on physician prescribers, feature 12 major recommendations that cover guidance on when to initiate opioid prescribing, selection and dosage, duration and follow-up, and assessing risks and addressing harm.

Check out the slideshow for descriptions of each of the 12 recommendations.