Monday, September 25, 2017

Important! Open Public Comment Period for the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

The American Academy of Pain Management has been at the forefront of efforts to respond to draft guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seeking to regulate prescribing of opioids for chronic pain. Along with our numerous partners, we have been especially critical of the process that the CDC followed to create these guidelines, which has been characterized by a nearly complete lack of transparency and opportunity for public input. Academy Executive Director Bob Twillman, along with partners from the PAINS Project, met with Dr. Deborah Houry, head of CDC’s Center for Injury Prevention and Control (home agency for the guidelines) last week, to express those concerns in person. We are heartened to see that, in contrast to its previously restricted access policy, the CDC has now created a 30-day comment period during which the general public can respond to the proposed guidelines.

The public comment period opens today, December 14, 2015 and closes January 13, 2016. Click here to submit comments or visit Regulations.gov and enter docket number CDC-2015-0112.

If you need more background, here are some helpful links:

The Academy will be submitting comments before the deadline and encourages others to do the same.  To receive our comments when they are complete, sign up here and SPPAN will keep you informed.

4 responses

  1. Mary
    January 7, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Please leave my medical care decisions up to my doctor and not the CDC and/or government. I suffer from severe nerve pain due to an injury and subsequent three surgeries to repair damages from the first surgery. It took me years of suffering excruciating pain and hospitalizations to the find the correct treatment for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Fibromyalgia, and Osteoarthritis. My doctor found the correct combination of medications along with sympathetic nerve blocks to give me some relief from the pain and give me some of my quality of life back. Please do not take medications away from people who are suffering with excruciating pain on a daily basis and who take their medications correctly as prescribed. We are not drug abusers or drug dealers on a street corner. We are people who have been diagnosed with a medical condition that need help. Do not punish the people who are truly sick because of the bad people who abuse drugs or sell drugs illegally. Go after the criminals not the patients suffering in pain. You have no idea what it is like to suffer daily with your entire body on fire, or feeling like acid is burning your skin off your body or feeling electrocuting zapping pains or bee stinging pains or feel every bone ache and every muscle hurting but through medications it lessens the severity. Again, I beg of you, do not take my care out of my doctors hands and do not take helpful medications away from honest hard working people who became truly ill due to injuries or diseases. I thank you for your kind consideration in regards to this matter.

  2. Janine Baldwin
    January 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I WENT TO SITE TO POST COMMENT FOR NEW RULES AND IT SAID NO COMMENTS ?? pLEASE E=MAIL ME WHAT IS UP WITH THE DEAD LINE OF NOT BEING OPEN TO THE 13TH , THANK YOU , jANINE

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