Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Publication Date: March 18, 2016
Last Updated: March 14, 2022


Determining When to Initiate or Continue Opioids for Chronic Pain

Nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy are preferred for chronic pain. Clinicians should consider opioid therapy only if expected benefits for both pain and function are anticipated to outweigh risks to the patient. If opioids are used, they should be combined with nonpharmacologic therapy and nonopioid pharmacologic therapy, as appropriate. (, )



Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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