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Roger Weiss, MD

Roger Weiss served on the Ariadne Labs team that developed a physician checklist for better prescribing of opioids for people with chronic pain in order to create the proper balance of providing adequate pain treatment while reducing the risk of misuse and overdose. Developed for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the tool guides primary care providers in a strategy that involves setting explicit goals for prescriptions, starting with brief trials first, stopping use when improvement in patient function with chronic pain is not achieved, and enabling regular reassessment. This checklist has rapidly entered wide use.