Substance Use Disorders: A DEA Requirement


About the Course
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Physician Assistants (PAs), Pharmacists, and Dentists care for patients with disorders in many healthcare settings. Individuals may seek care for an acute illness or worsening of a chronic condition. Often, pain is the leading reason for seeking medical care. Appropriate prescribing practices are critical for all medications, but controlled substances require special attention. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all have a role in controlled medication schedules. Prescribers must understand federal and state requirements for all controlled substances. This course will provide a general review of federal and state-controlled substance regulations and the prescribing practices for controlled substances. Additionally, substance use disorders are complex phenomena affecting many lives. This course also reviews common substance use disorders, including alcohol, anxiolytics, stimulants, hallucinogens, and tobacco/vaping. However, the focus is on clinical safety considerations when prescribing non-cancer-related opioid medications for acute/chronic pain in adults.  

“This course will fulfill the DEA-mandated 8 hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders for DEA licensees renewing on or after June 27, 2023.”

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss substance use disorders.
  • Describe the roles of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in scheduling controlled substances and enforcing controlled substance laws and regulations.
  • Understand the different DEA Controlled Substance Schedules and prescribing regulations associated with the different DEA Controlled Substance Schedules.
  • Review medical marijuana legislation.
  • Describe essential considerations when prescribing controlled substances, including regulatory exceptions and clinical concerns.
  • Describe controlled substance prescribing practices.
  • Understand the treatment options for patients suffering from substance use disorder (SUD).

Accreditation Statement
InforMed is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Designation Statement
InforMed designates this enduring material for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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