CDC Planning to Update Opioid Guideline in 2021

December 04, 2019 By Pat Anson, PNN Editor The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the initial stages of updating or expanding its controversial opioid prescribing guideline, which has been widely blamed for patient suffering, abandonment and suicide since its release in 2016. CDC officials outlined their plans today at a meeting in…

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem

A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers turns out to be not so safe. Posted by: OLGA KHAZAN, DECEMBER 9, 2019 Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it could be treated with prescription painkillers like Oxycontin. But as the drugs began…