Prescribing Guidelines – Patient and Family Resources
Patient-friendly resources on opioid prescribing guidelines and what to ask your doctor before taking opioids for pain relief.
CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- Link to the CDC website to access the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients > 18 years of age in primary care settings.
- Use this handout as a reference when determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up and discontinuation.
What to Ask Your Provider Before Taking Opioids
- Opioid medications can have very serious side effects. Please use this checklist as a guide when asking your health care provider questions BEFORE Taking opioids.