The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recently issued guidelines that reduce limits to appropriate and safe opioid prescribing for chronic pain patients. While awaiting the updated Canadian guidelines, College Council endorsed the CDC guidelines in May, signaling a fundamental change in thinking.
Evidence shows us that long-term use of opioids to treat chronic pain may not be as effective as other options, and may pose a serious risk to our patients. Physicians have to have tough conversations with their patients about what they can and cannot accomplish with opioid treatment, and encourage safer and more effective options.
We invite you to share your comments below.
“The new CDC guidelines are a good opportunity to open this discussion with our patients, set clear boundaries, and move
toward a safer, more appropriate treatment plan.”Dr. Monica Weller, CPSA Senior Medical Advisor
About Dr. Weller:
Dr. Monica Weller, a rural family physician for 28 years, brings office and hospital based clinical experience, including teaching medical students and mentoring residents. Dr. Weller supports physicians as a Senior Medical Advisor with the College.