AMCNO is On-Hand for the GCOAT’s Release of New Acute Pain Prescribing Guidelines

Recently, the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT) released Guidelines for the Management of Acute Pain Outside of Emergency Departments for outpatient management of acute pain expected to resolve within 12 weeks. The guidelines were drafted by the GCOAT, which included staff and physician representatives from the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO), and staff from the AMCNO was on hand at the news conference when the official statement was released. 

The guidelines recommend non-opioid treatment options when possible and limiting the amount of opioids used to treat acute pain where appropriate. They expand upon Ohio’s prescribing guidelines for treating pain in emergency departments and acute-care facilities as well as for chronic pain, which were released in 2012 and 2013. As with those previous guidelines, these new guidelines are intended to supplement—not replace—clinical judgment. All three of these guideline sets were developed in conjunction with professional healthcare associations (including the AMCNO), state leaders and providers.

In recent years, both the number of opioid doses dispensed to Ohio patients and the number of “doctor shoppers” have decreased, according to data from the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS). But, there is more work to do. Prescription opioids remain a significant contributor to unintentional drug overdose deaths in Ohio, and the number overdose deaths increased year-to-year from 2012 through 2014.

“Too many families are being torn apart by drugs and that is why we have been so proactive in exploring new ways to prevent Ohioans from becoming addicted to prescription opioids,” said Gov. John Kasich. “Building upon prescribing guidelines we established for emergency departments and chronic pain, these new protocols for treating short-term pain will strengthen our efforts to fight abuse and ultimately save lives.”

Visit to review the new guidelines as well as the others that were previously released. Also on the website are prescriber tools and resources, including a letter to give patients that explains a safer approach to treating their acute pain following these guidelines.

You can read the news release here from the Governor’s Office about the new prescribing guidelines.

And learn more hereabout the efforts of GCOAT.   

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