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.
If you need more background, here are some helpful links:
- Download a PDF of the draft of the CDC Guidelines.
- See recent press coverage and opinions from the Academy’s Executive Director Bob Twillman about the CDC Guidelines.
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.