Published by National Pain Report

Now that the Centers for Disease Control has decided to open up the public comment period on its controversial guidelines on opioid prescribing, pain advocates are urging that people participate.

One group that greatly influenced the CDC was the PAINS Steering Committee and Myra Christopher of the Center for Practical Bioethics emailed her followers on Friday ending with the following message.

“It is our hope that each of you and your organization will engage in this process, and I want to personally encourage you to do so. All of us are working to establish a new standard of chronic pain care – one that allows healthcare professionals and those living with chronic pain access to the full menu of treatment options, including opioids for those who benefit from them. We are all, however, also aware of the risks associated with these medications. It is important for CDC to get this right, and they need our help to do so.”

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