Physicians, Meet Your Substance Abuse Disorder DEA Requirement

 Get the training you need in a self-paced, convenient format with a course specifically designed for physicians to meet the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s new requirement under the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

Starting June 27, 2023, renewing DEA-registered practitioners must complete 8 hours of one-time training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders
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Substance Use Disorders: A DEA MATE Act

8 hours

  • Satisfies mandatory DEA requirements in:
    Opioids or other substance use disorders
  • ACCME accredited provider
    Earn 8 CME hours

Substance Use Disorders: A DEA

8 hours


Satisfy mandatory DEA requirements for opioid and other substance use disorders.

Course Description

In the U.S., annual economic costs for substance use disorder (SUD) are staggering. Opiate use disorder (OUD) costs alone are estimated at $787 billion, of which $89 billion represent healthcare resource utilization costs. Substance use disorders are complex phenomena affecting all aspects of individuals’ and families’ lives. The focus of this course is to review common substance use disorders, including alcohol, anxiolytics, stimulants, hallucinogens, and tobacco/vaping. The course also reviews federal and state-controlled substance regulations and the prescribing practices for controlled substances. The focus is on clinical and safety considerations when prescribing non-cancer-related opioid medications for acute/chronic pain.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Discuss substance use disorders.
  • Describe the roles of the DEA, FDA, and 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).

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Learn more about the Substance Use Disorder DEA Requirement

What is the new DEA substance use training requirement?

A part of the MATE Act, this one-time requirement is to complete eight hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.

Who is impacted by this new DEA requirement?

All DEA-registered registered practitioners, with the exception of those who are solely veterinarians, are responsible for completing the requirement. 

When is the deadline for meeting this new requirement?

Practitioners will begin to report completion of the requirement on their DEA registration or regularly-scheduled registration renewal form starting on or after June 27, 2023.  This will require practitioners to check a box on their DEA registration form confirming that they have completed the 8 hour substance use training requirement. 

Can Elite | InforMed help me meet the DEA substance use disorder requirement?

Yes! Physicians can purchase and complete the Prescribing Controlled Substances Safety – A DEA Requirement course, which is an 8-hour, self-paced course that fulfills the requirement once completed.

Where can I find more information about the new DEA requirement?

You can find additional information about the new requirement in the official letter released by the DEA.


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