Press Release

Statement on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

Rick Pollack

President and CEO

American Hospital Association


March 15, 2016


Too many families have experienced devastating loss due to a loved one’s addiction to opioids.  That’s why the need for sound clinical guidance is urgent and we appreciate the CDC’s leadership on this critical public health issue.  The more we can do at every turn to help patients with safe, effective pain management – which could include the proper use of opioids – the better we can stem the tide of the opioid abuse epidemic.  The AHA strongly supports this new guidance and will share it with all hospitals to ensure appropriate strategies are used to help manage pain and minimize the risk of addiction. 



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