Journal Article
Commentary

Challenges with implementing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid guideline: a consensus panel report.

Kroenke K; Alford DP; Argoff C; Canlas B; Covington E; Frank JW; Haake KJ; Hanling S; Hooten WM; Kertesz SG; Kravitz RL; Krebs EE; Stanos SP II; Sullivan M.

Many efforts have been implemented to address the opioid epidemic, such as guidelines and targeted communications to prescribing clinicians. This commentary summarizes findings of an expert consensus panel exploring the impact of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid guideline, implementation challenges, and unanticipated effects. The panel generally supported the guideline and suggested tactics to avoid unintended consequences, including engaging patients directly in pain therapy changes and improving management of opioid use disorder.