Understanding CDC’s proposed pain treatment guidelines

New pain-treatment guidelines proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include eliminating recommended dose limits for some patients who suffer from chronic pain. The guidelines also encourage non-opioid treatments as a first option, when possible. The CDC welcomes public input on the guidelines, which are slated to be officially released later this year.

Dr. Mark Sullivan, an attending physician at the Center for Pain Relief at UW Medical Center who helped establish Washington state's opioid treatment guidelines, explains what the CDC's updates could mean for both patients and healthcare prescribers.

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