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Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids

In March of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released the Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.  These Guidelines were drafted in response to serious public health concerns related to prescription drug abuse in Virginia. Opioid overdose is an ever increasing crisis in the United States, as well as the state of Virginia.

Gastrointestinal Medicine Associates, P. C. (GMA) feels strongly about this effort in order to maintain the health and wellbeing of our patients.  With these new Guidelines in mind, we will no longer be prescribing narcotics for acute or chronic pain unless deemed necessary by the prescribing provider and only in specific situations for short duration.

When opioids are used, our providers will prescribe the lowest effective dose and no greater than the quantity needed for the expected duration of pain severe enough to warrant prescribing opioids.  GMA is now automatically registered with Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and we are required to check with Virginia’s PMP on most prescriptions.

These Guidelines, in conjunction with a Virginia’s Prescription Monitoring Program, will track the issuance of narcotics in a patient’s medical history, and will aid GMA in the prevention of narcotic and opioid abuse.  We respect the concerns of our patients regarding our new protocols, and appreciate your understanding in our efforts to provide the best and safest care available.