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November 4, 2022


CDC Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain — United States, 2022

This report describes updated clinical practice guideline with recommendations for clinicians providing pain care, including those prescribing opioids, for outpatients aged ≥18 years. The update to the 2016 CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline includes recommendations for managing acute, subacute, and chronic pain.

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Prevalence and Characteristics of Arthritis Among Caregivers — 17 States, 2017 and 2019

During 2017 and 2019, one in five adults in 17 states was a caregiver, and one in three caregivers had arthritis. Health care professionals can support caregivers with arthritis and their care recipients by promoting arthritis-related health interventions.



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PDF of Recommendations and Reports (link) and the Weekly Issue (link).


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MMWR Weekly Briefing Podcast: Week of October 24

The latest MMWR Weekly Briefing is live. This episode covers 6 reports, including reports highlighting wastewater testing and detection of poliovirus in New York, severe monkeypox in hospitalized patients and more. Listen and subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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