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Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances

Author: Kellie Wilson, PharmD and Jennifer McAnally, DNP

CE: 3 hours
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Course Summary

Prescription drug use disorder has become more common, including amongst patients initially considered low risk. The misuse of prescription drugs has increased concurrently with greater prescribing of medication for therapeutic use, especially true of opioid analgesics prescribed for chronic pain, stimulants prescribed for individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety/insomnia. Efforts to prevent and reduce the misuse of controlled substances and the risk of a substance use disorder include an understanding of drug Schedules, following guidelines related to the prescription of substances within each Schedule, and utilization of state monitoring programs.

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Course Syllabus

I.    Introduction

II.    Controlled Substance Act

Controlled Substance Schedules

III.    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

IV.    Prevalence of Prescription Drug Misuse

1. Pain Prescription Misuse
2. Tranquilizer Prescription Misuse
3. Stimulant Prescription Misuse
4. Sedative Prescription Misuse

V.    State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)

VI.    Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse

1. Prescribing Practices
2. Implementation and Use of PDMPs
3. Case Example: Florida State Prescription Drug Monitoring
4. Drug Diversion and Doctor Shopping

VII.    Safe Prescribing of Opioids

1. Pain Management Education
2. Indications for Opioid Pain Treatment

VIII.    Case Study: PDMP Data

IX.    Case Study: Opioid Use Disorder and Pain Management

X.    Summary


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