New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions

The Department of Health and Human Services reversed course on its opioid guidelines this week and advised doctors that cutting off pain patients’ prescriptions suddenly could do more harm than good.

The new guidance, published Thursday, stressed that that abrupt changes to long-term pain patients’ medication regimens could “put the patient at risk of harm,” because of the significant chance that a sudden switch could throw the patient into opioid withdrawal.

Source: New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions | MyCentralOregon.com