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.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Controlled Substance Act
    • Controlled Substance Schedules
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • Prevalence of Prescription Drug Misuse
    • Pain Prescription Misuse
    • Tranquilizer Prescription Misuse
    • Stimulant Prescription Misuse
    • Sedative Prescription Misuse
  • State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)
  • Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse
    • Prescribing Practices
    • Implementation and Use of PDMPs
    • Case Example: Florida State Prescription Drug Monitoring
    • Drug Diversion and Doctor Shopping
  • Safe Prescribing of Opioids
    • Pain Management Education
    • Indications for Opioid Pain Treatment
  • Case Study: PDMP Data
  • Case Study: Opioid Use Disorder and Pain Management
  • 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.

Jennifer McAnally, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Jennifer McAnally holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and specializes in the field of family psychiatry. She has worked in child and adult mental health and substance use treatment settings for over 10 years. She worked previously in academic research settings and as the medical device division manager of a biomedical firm and tissue bank. She has also worked in regulatory oversight of Medicaid programs at the state level. Jennifer’s earlier degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with emphasis on whole-genome bioinformatics, both from Montana State University. Jennifer is a passionate activist in the field of mental health services, and is dedicated as a mother of two children, to family and to her community in Montana.

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