Proposed 2022 CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The February 10, 2022 Federal Register includes the announcement of the opening of a docket to obtain comment on the proposed clinical practice guideline, CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids—United States, 2022.

“The clinical practice guideline updates and expands the  CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain— United States, 2016,  and provides evidence-based recommendations for clinicians who provide pain care, including those prescribing opioids, for outpatients age 18 years and older with acute pain (duration less than 1 month), subacute pain (duration of 1–3 months), or chronic pain (duration of 3 months or more), not including sickle cell disease- related pain management, cancer pain treatment, palliative care, and end-of- life care. The clinical practice guideline includes recommendations for primary care clinicians (including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) as well as for outpatient clinicians in other specialties (including those managing dental and postsurgical pain in outpatient settings and emergency clinicians providing pain management for patients being discharged from emergency departments). This voluntary clinical practice guideline provides recommendations and does not require mandatory compliance; and the clinical practice guideline is intended to be flexible so as to support, not supplant, clinical judgment and individualized, patient-centered decision-making.”

Written comments must be received on or before April 11, 2022. You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC–2022– 0024, by either of the following methods:

• Federal eRulemaking Portal:

• Mail:  National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop S106–9, Atlanta, GA 30341, Attn: Docket No. CDC–2022–0024.

This is the slide deck from the July 16, 2021 meeting of BSC/NPIC: Draft Updated CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids: Background, Overview, and Progress.  The 45-slide deck contains a great deal of information and resources, including:

Additional information can be found on the Process for Updating the Opioid Prescribing Guideline (CDC) website.