ATLANTA, GA — Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the nation is in the midst of an epidemic of prescription opioid overdose.
That’s why the agency issued new guidelines this week regarding the prescription of these medications for chronic pain. Officials now recommend nonopioid therapy as the preferred treatment for those with chronic pain. Doctors are advised to use the lowest possible effective doses of opioids when they are needed.
According to data released last week by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there were over 1,700 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2014 – up 14 percent from the previous year. The CDC’s new guideline can be read by clicking here.