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Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances

Author: Kellie Wilson, PharmD and Jennifer McAnally, DNP

CE: 3 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 43733 reviews

Course Summary

Despite regulations and policies that have been implemented to control and manage the use of controlled substances, injury and death from drug overdose has reached epidemic proportions. Prescribers must continue to educate themselves about the safest methods of writing prescriptions and must understand how to assess and evaluate each patient accurately. Referrals and agreements must be in place to monitor the utilization of these drugs. Understanding the prevalence of the misuse of controlled substances will help to foster safer prescribing practices.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Regulation of Controlled Substances
    1. Controlled Substance Act
    2. Controlled Substance Schedules
    3. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    4. State Drug Registries
  3. Prevalence of Prescription Drugs Misuse
  4. Drug Diversion and Doctor Shopping
  5. Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse
    1. Patient Assessment
    2. History of Substance Use
    3. Physical and Psychological Function
    4. Pain Control
    5. Underlying or Coexisting Disorders
  6. Treatment Guidelines
    1. Treatment Plan
    2. Prescribing Practices
    3. Opioid Trial
    4. Informed Consent
    5. Managing Ongoing Treatment
    6. Monitor Utilization
    7. Review and Evaluate Treatment
    8. Patient Counseling
    9. Opioid Agreement
    10. Referrals or Consultations
  7. Case Study: Opioid Use Disorder and Pain Management
  8. Summary


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