Recognizing Signs of the Misuse or Abuse of Controlled Substances - 19-GANN-F3-0191

Recognizing Signs of the Misuse or Abuse of Controlled Substances

by Nicholas Bertoni, MD
(4.8 / 78 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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Many state medical licensing boards have already or will require healthcare professionals to complete mandated continuing education that addresses prescribing controlled substances. Misuse and abuse of prescribed controlled substances can lead to serious consequences, such as addiction and overdose. Understanding the signs of abuse of medications such as opioids and sedatives is important to safe prescribing of controlled substances. This module will teach healthcare providers about substance use disorder and how to identify signs and symptoms of misuse and abuse. The module will also discuss a safe and effective approach to managing patients with substance use disorder.


The goal of this module is to educate healthcare providers on substance use disorder and how to identify patients who are misusing or abusing controlled substances. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Educate healthcare providers on definition, prevalence, and risk factors for substance use disorder
  • Describe findings of patients who misuse or abuse common controlled substances such as opioids, sedatives, and stimulants
  • Discuss ways in which healthcare professionals can collaborate to intervene and assist patients with substance use disorder

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, ARNPs/APRNs, EMTs/paramedics, nurses, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians.
EMTs/paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
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I understand that OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

Course Originally Released on: 3/21/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/21/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/25/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Jason A - port charlotte, FL  ·  May 15, 2020
excellent course very good
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Michael B - Peoria, IL  ·  May 09, 2020
Very interesting, especially as I deal with addicts on a daily basis in the field.
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Tricia K - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Apr 29, 2020
well written material
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Devon L - Hutto, TX  ·  Apr 21, 2020
learned a lot of new information about signs of misuse of controlled substances
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Stephanie D - Fair Lawn, NJ  ·  Apr 21, 2020
This was a good coarse; a lot of important information that can be used in my EMS career.
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