PainRelief.com Interview with:
Jason E. Goldstick, PhD
Injury Prevention Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: In 2016, the CDC released the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. A primary goal of this voluntary guideline is that individuals should receive pain management care that provides the greatest overall benefit. Among other things, this may entail beginning opioid treatment only when the clinician determines that the expected benefits outweigh the risks.
Other research has shown reductions in opioid prescribing as reduced since the guideline release; this report examines whether there were changes in nonopioid pain medication prescribing.
Our overall findings were that nonopioid prescribing increased nationally following the guideline release, above and beyond what would’ve been predicted based on the pre-guideline trends, and this finding was generally consistent across patient subpopulations (e.g., those with vs. without prior opioid exposure).