Healthy People 2023

May 2023 Webinar Best Practices in Pain Care

Healthy People Chronic Pain Objectives

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/Department of Health and Human Services

CDC 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Summary of the 2022 Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain

Important perspectives from two experienced pain physicians.

One article represents the formal CDC comments about the new draft guidelines; the other reflects on the harm of under treatment of serious pain.

Summary of the key changes in the new proposed CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline

Article summarizing what has and has not changed in the proposed versus the original 2016 guideline

MassPI supports a bill to improve access to non-opioid pain treatments for chronic pain patients.

MassPI advocates for legislation to remove non-opioid barriers to pain management.

Researchers are Making Progress in Learning More About the Science of Chronic Pain

New scientific information is providing insights into the causes of chronic pain and giving hope for future new treatments.

September is Pain Awareness Month

Governor Charlie Baker recognizes pain as a major public health problem and declares September Pain Awareness Month.

MassPI Steering Council leader recognized for excellence as a clinician and mentor

Mary Jane Estrada-Lyder, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, received the 2021 Exceptional Advanced Practice Clinician and Mentor Award

New CDC Report Shows Opioid Guidelines Have Not Slowed Drug Overdose Deaths

The CDC’s focus on prescription opioids has left synthetic fentanyl and other drugs to expand sign

AMA indicates the CDC opioid guideline has harmed pain patients

The American Medical Association released a 17-page letter providing comment addressing the CDC opioid guideline update.

Mass. study challenges assumptions on risk of overdose death from legitimately prescribed opioids

Only 1.3% of overdose deaths in Massachusetts from 2013-2015 were correlated with a current opioid prescription

New Mass. Advisory for Best Practices in Prescribing Opioids

Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine clarifies its guidance for prescribing opioids.

Important new FDA labeling information about managing opioid pain medications

FDA addresses danger of abruptly ending opioids and clarifies its position for providers

New Pain Management Questions on Hospital Satisfaction Survey

CMS changed Hospital Satisfaction Survey pain management questions from whether pain was "controlled" to whether pain was "discussed"

Doctors Cutting Opioids Even If It Harms Patients

A new survey by the Boston Globe shows physicians are reluctant to prescribe opioids even if the medicines are beneficial to patients. Go to to read the article

Law Enforcement and Pain Patients

Pain News Network Guest Columnist John Burke, past president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators and current president of the International Health Facility Diversion Association discusses treatment, abuse and diversion.