"The nation's top federal health agency urged doctors to avoid prescribing powerful opiate painkillers for patients with chronic pain, saying the risks from such drugs far outweigh the benefits for most people.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its first ever guidelines
for dispensing the morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and
OxyContin, said it took the action Tuesday to combat the nation's deadly
prescription painkiller epidemic.
guidelines carve out an exception for patients receiving cancer
treatment or end-of-life care. When doctors determine that such drugs
are necessary in other situations, the CDC advises doctors prescribe the
lowest possible dose for the shortest amount of time.
Americans die each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers,
according to the CDC. In 2013, an estimated 1.9 million people abused or
were dependent on prescription opiates.
know of no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition
that kills patients so frequently,' said CDC director Thomas Frieden. 'We hope to see fewer deaths from opiates. That's the bottom
line. These are really dangerous medications that carry the risk of
addiction and death.'
"The CDC directed the guidelines to primary
care physicians, who prescribe nearly half of opiates. Doctors aren't
legally obligated to follow the recommendations, which are intended for
adult patients, but such directives often have influence."
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/15/cdc-issues-new-guidelines-opiate-prescribing-reduce-abuse-overdoses/81809704/
Center for Disease Control once again shows its ignorance about
addiction. Doesn't anyone else think the rise in heroin use is tied to
previous CDC attempts to curb opiate painkillers? People will get
their drugs, one way or another. In my opinion, initiatives like these
do more harm than good by forcing more people to use street drugs to
treat their pain.
"From 2001 to 2014 there was a 6-fold increase in the total number of deaths," from heroin. - https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates