The CDC has advised of “misapplication” of the CDC Guideline for Chronic Pain and Prescribing Opioids. It states in part: “When opioids are started, clinicians should prescribe the lowest effective dosage. Clinicians should avoid increasing dosage to 90 or more morphine equivalent units per day. The recommendation statement does not suggest discontinuation of opioids already prescribed at higher dosages. The Guideline does not support abrupt tapering or sudden discontinuation of opioids.

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