New CDC Guidelines: Doctors, Stop Prescribing So Many Painkillers
The CDC's recommendations are nonbinding, but they're the broadest measure in place regarding opioid medications.By Katie Link | March 15, 2016
The U.S. has a prescription painkiller problem, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants to help put an end to it.
The director of the CDC notes that more than 40 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses and says, "We must act now."
That "action" comes in the form of new recommendations. On Tuesday, the CDC released 12 guidelines aimed at primary care doctors who prescribe opioid painkillers. The "now" piece of that statement is what’s worth exploring.