California Department of Public Health Director and State Health Officer, Dr. Karen Smith, in conjunction with the Statewide Opioid Safety (SOS) Workgroup, has developed an opioid resource letter for providers who see patients and write prescriptions for pain management.
After more than a year, Sonoma County health care providers finally have a set of standardized opioid prescription guidelines that experts hope will allow doctors to better manage patients’ pain, while curbing the spread of opioid addiction.
The misuse and abuse of drugs, particularly prescription opioids, is a growing prob-lem in Sonoma County, the state of California and the United States. Overdose deaths from drugs obtained both legally and illegally now exceed all other causes of injury-related deaths both locally and nationally, and they take more lives than traffic accidents.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed and published the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings.