I’d like to start this post by quoting the Orange County Register’s March 25 article (the full article can be found here): http://www.ocregister.com/articles/pain-709555-cdc-chronic.html

For the CDC to issue such blanket guidelines is injudicious and irresponsible. It also displays the capricious and unpredictable nature of the CDC as the guidelines are a significant shift from the CDC position of just a few years ago. Then, it expressed great concern that not enough was being done by doctors for the pain sufferer, especially those afflicted with chronic pain.

I would then direct you to Warm Sock’s recent post on the matter. She is one of the most thoughtful and realistic bloggers in the RA space that I know. Her careful review of the situation has led her to readjust her position on the matter. Her full post can be found here: https://warmsocks.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/pain-meds/, but the following really struck a chord with me:

The fact is that prohibition didn’t work, and I don’t believe the new guidelines will work, either.

Both of these excellent pieces come in the wake of this week’s FDA’s new labeling regulations for opioid pain relievers. As Forbes says, whether they’ll have much effect isn’t clear. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ritarubin/2016/03/23/fda-orders-new-warnings-for-opioid-pain-drug-labels-whether-theyll-have-much-effect-isnt-clear/#264cfb175117).

As always, I encourage you to add your voice to the conversation.