NEBRASKA OFFICIALS RELEASE PRESCRIBING GUIDELINES IN RESPONSE TO OPIOID EPIDEMIC

State health officials announced Tuesday that they are releasing new opioid prescribing guidelines for health care providers. Dr. Tom Williams, the state’s chief medical officer, said the Nebraska Pain Management Guidance Document can make clinical decisions easier and provide effective pain treatment options. The document includes different ways to treat acute pain, chronic pain, non-opioid options, treating pain in special populations, and tapering off opioids. The document is not mandatory but is available to all health care providers who prescribe and dispense prescription medication.