With a New Guide to Tapering Opioids, Federal Health Officials Seek a Balanced Approach to Prescribing

October 11, 2019

(STAT News) – Federal health officials on Thursday released a guide for clinicians who are considering tapering patients’ opioid prescriptions, highlighting the benefits of safe reductions in dosages while warning against abrupt drops for people who have been on the drugs for long periods. The recommendations come amid concerns that some chronic pain patients’ dosages have been unsafely pulled back and that providers have sometimes abandoned patients.