As we acknowledge the recent increases in deaths and other negative outcomes associated with chronic opioid use, abuse, and overdose, we as clinicians are faced with very important questions: Can opioids be rationally prescribed for chronic pain? For whom? How? For how long? Recent CDC guidelines have been published regarding the use of chronic opioid therapy for noncancer pain FOR THE PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. This course will not only describe the CDC guidelines but will also illustrate how these might be utilized in clinical practice. The weaknesses of the guidelines and their limitations will also be discussed. Faculty will also describe application of current guidelines to their own patients. This promises to be a lively interactive session. (Recorded at PAINWeek 2016)
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