Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > Opioids > Guidelines You Can Use:Topics:Opioids:Guidelines<div class="ExternalClass5D1665239281456D9200F58843353AF1"><p><a href=""><img class="ms-rte-paste-setimagesize" src="" alt="" style="margin:5px;vertical-align:auto;float:right;" /></a>To fight opioid abuse, it is critical that physicians understand Pennsylvania's voluntary prescribing guidelines fit into their practice. PAMED partnered with the PA Department of Health to develop education, which you can <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">access on PAMED's website here</font></span></a>.</p><p>There are <a href=""><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">voluntary prescribing guidelines</font></span></a> for the following areas:</p><ul><li>Chronic Non-Cancer Pain</li><li>Emergency Department</li><li>Dental Practice</li><li>Dispensing</li><li>Obstetrics & Gynecology</li><li>Geriatrics</li></ul></div> Opioid Prescribing Guidelines<p>​PAMED and other key stakeholders developed voluntary prescribing guidelines in 2014 for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain and the emergency department.</p>Physicians;# Prescribing Guidelines CDCCDC Releases Voluntary Opioid Prescribing GuidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” on March 15, 2016. The final guideline, which is voluntary, includes 12 recommendations and is intended for use by primary care clinicians in outpatient settings who are prescribing opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment and palliative care.Physicians;#