Home > Coalition To Stop Opioid Overdose > CDC Confirms Dosage Thresholds Should Not Apply to Opioid Agonists/Partial Agonists Used to Treat Addiction

Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) responded to concerns regarding persistent misunderstandings surrounding dosage thresholds in the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain – 2016 (Guideline) and addiction medicine.

The CDC responded to this concern with a letter confirming that dosage thresholds in the Guideline were not meant to and should not apply to dosing of opioid agonists/partial agonists used for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The CDC has made several statements in CDC Guideline translational materials and presentations and on their website clarifying that CDC Guideline thresholds do not apply to opioid agonists for opioid use disorder.