News: CDC Re-Opens Door for Public Comment on Opioid Guideline

CDC Re-Opens Door for Public Comment on Opioid Prescribing Guideline – National Pain Report

PROP has been so emboldened by all its public/media support that they seem to believe they are beyond the “normal rules” of how public guidelines are created.

In this virulent anti-opioid document, they’ve dropped the pretense of even appearing to care about pain patient access to opioids, and colluded with members of the CDC to create what is essentially a propaganda piece.

With this latest outrage, PROP has crossed the line, and our protests are finally being heard.

Under mounting criticism from patients, physicians and industry, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it has opened a second period for public comment on its Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, the agency made public in a notice in the Federal Register.

 “This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register
on 12/14/2015 and available online at

CDC’s draft guidelines will be available on Monday, December 14, 2015, at for review and comment.

The public comment period opens December 14, 2015 and closes January 13, 2016.  

When the CDC first presented its draft guidelines in a webinar, but not through publication on its website or through other communications vehicles, the agency allowed only two days for public comment.  

That drew a lot of scrutiny.

The CDC was widely criticized for developing the guidelines in secrecy, prompting the Washington Legal Foundation to threaten a law suit, charging that “state governments and the medical community are unlikely to accept any guidelines tainted by charges that they were prepared in secret without meaningful stakeholder input and with the assistance of individuals who have serious conflicts of interest,” the group wrote in a letter to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director for CDC and Dr. Debra Houry, Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Reaction from pain patients and industry has been deafening, with many arguing that the guidelines will further push pain practitioners out of practice, while simultaneously limiting access to opioids for people who need them.  

Instructions on how to submit comments
from the Federal Register

[FR Doc. 2015-31375 Filed: 12/11/2015 8:45 am; Publication Date:  12/14/2015]



3 thoughts on “News: CDC Re-Opens Door for Public Comment on Opioid Guideline

  1. Kurt W.G. Matthies

    Everyone affected by these guidelines, both patients and prescribers, should comment.

    To comment, you need a Docket Number, which as of today is:


    This may change — look to for further information.

    Again, there are 2 ways to submit a comment.

    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal:

    There is nothing yet up on this website regarding the CDC (afternoon of Saturday Dec. 12, 2015).

    Sometime Monday, December 14th, the guidelines are expected to become public, and we’ll check the feedback portal.

    When this material becomes available, National Pain Report will post that information on NPR.

    2. The second way to comment is via US Mail to:

    National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    4770 Buford Highway N.E.
    Mailstop F-63
    Atlanta, GA, 30341,
    Attn: Docket CDC-2015-0112.


    Helpful information for commenting….

    Take your time with this. You have until January13, 2016 (one month) to submit your comment, but don’t wait until the last minute.

    Write out your comment using a word processor. Do not compose your comment on the website. You’ll want to keep a copy of your comment.

    When you’re happy with your comment, you’ll be able to cut and paste to the online site, or upload the WP document (preferable).

    Note the date and time your comment was submitted. We may have use of these comments early next year.

    We’ll have more hints on NPR as information becomes available.

    Save your comments. They may be useful later, especially if CDC claims that there was little response.

    This would be a good time to get hooked up with a Twitter account and follow @NatPainReport, and @ZypCzyk, and me @kwgmatthies and to search the keywords #chronicpain, #NatPainReport, and whatever develops over the CDC Guidelines.

    Facebook accounts can comment at the NPR facebook site. Even I’m getting on Facebook for this one.

    Time to stand up and be counted.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. leejcaroll

    Pres posted this earlier today: President Obama ‏@POTUS Dec 10
    The opioid epidemic is destroying lives. We need to put treatment within reach of anyone who needs it.
    I replied and asking others too also that please do not take out war on drugs on us. .
    Please consider also replying and asking pthers too as well. Thanks ((*_*))

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Zyp Czyk Post author

      Absolutely! I’m already writing out a rough draft of what I’m going to say.

      Even if we don’t have a long story or of we can’t write more than a few sentences, every person willing to make that effort “counts”, and adds to the weight of our arguments.



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