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. Clinicians must continue to educate themselves and their patients regarding pain management and treatment options, the risk and prevalence of a substance use disorder, the treatment guidelines for use of controlled substances, and methods to prevent prescription drug misuse

Course Format


Learning Objectives

  • To provide pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other clinical health team members with prescribing regulations, the risk of a substance use disorder, and methods of monitoring patients who are prescribed controlled medications.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Controlled Substances Act
    1. Controlled Substances Schedules
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    1. State Drug Registries
  • Prevalence of Prescription Drug Misuse
    1. Pain Prescription Misuse
    2. Tranquilizer Prescription Misuse
    3. Stimulant Prescription Misuse
    4. Sedative Prescription Misuse
  • Case Example: Florida State Prescription Drug Monitoring
    1. Scope of the Problem in Florida
  • Safe Prescribing of Opioids
    1. Pain Management Education
    2. Indications for Opioid Pain Treatment
  • The Role of the Nurse and Controlled Substances
  • Case Study: PDMP Data
  • Case Study: PDMP Data
  • Summary


Kellie Wilson, PharmD

Kellie Wilson is a Doctor of Pharmacy practicing in Anaconda, Montana, where she lives with her husband and four children. She attended the University of Montana in Missoula where she graduated in 2009 with a doctorate in pharmacy. She later worked in Boise, Idaho for a large, retail pharmacy for 2 years, and then returned home to Montana to oversee an independently owned retail and long-term care pharmacy in Anaconda. As an independent retail pharmacist she has become very involved in psychiatric pharmacy for two major behavioral health organizations that are located around all of Montana. Kellie’s passion is retail pharmacy because she enjoys the interactions with customers as well as the challenges and rewards of staying current with the continuous changes in the pharmacy field.

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