National Safety Council Supports Development of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

​Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for drafting guidelines for doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers for chronic pain. Today the Council joins 16 organizations in stating our support for prescribing guidelines. Our nation is in the midst of the worst drug crisis it has ever seen, and the epidemic started largely in doctor's offices. Physicians, though well-intentioned, have prescribed many people into addiction – particularly those suffering from chronic pain. We are long overdue in providing doctors with a roadmap for appropriate treatment of chronic pain, as well as educating them on the risks of and alternatives to opioid painkillers. Our hope is that having prescribing guidelines will help doctors make informed decisions and lead to better overall patient care.

 

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