New CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: Only One Side of Long-Standing Clash Between Pain Relief and Addiction
BREAKING NEWS: In spite of the controversy, a vast majority of physicians surveyed say they support and will implement the new guidelines in their opioid prescribing habits, which promises big changes in opioid use across the country.
The battle lines have been drawn for decades:
On one side, an army of determined pain management physicians advocating for tens of thousands of Americans suffering intolerable chronic pain who need their opioid prescriptions to obtain even a minimum degree of quality of life.
Opposite them stands another army of physicians (with considerably more ammunition because they represent the armed forces of government) equally determined to slow the escalating epidemic […]