Prescribing Controlled Substances: What You and Your Patients Need to Know (1 Hour)



This course reviews prescribing controlled substances, its history, and the transition of prescribing practices since the identification of the opioid epidemic. Course participants learn definitions of related terms and drug schedule classes. The course reviews legal aspects for the prescriber of controlled substances, including electronic processing and recommended documentation. Additionally, the course provides an in-depth look at pain management related to acute pain, chronic pain, and substance use disorder.  The course outlines treatment plans with suggested evidence-based practices, including alternatives to opioids to avoid substance use disorder and overdose.  Finally, the course highlights patient education points to ensure patient safety with high-risk substances and reviews prescriber responsibility related to implicit bias and individual practices with related impact on patient safety and pain control.

Authored by: Brenda Montoya-Medina, RN, BSN, C-EFM

CE Broker:
Approval Number: 20-894306
Provider Number: 50-31808

Additional information




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The course SME reports no financial relationships relevant to the content of this course. 

Methods and CE Requirements: 

This online course consists of a combined total of 1 learning modules. Individuals are eligible to receive a total of 1 hours of continuing education by completing all modules within this course. Participants must complete the media-based video lectures, lesson tests and all required course components to claim continuing education credit. 

Important Note: 

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