Controlled Substances Prescribing Practices - CMEZ766

Controlled Substances Prescribing Practices

by Nicholas Bertoni, MD
(4.7 / 125 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Healthcare providers face many difficulties when prescribing controlled substances for pain control, anxiety disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The pressure to aggressively treat patients’ symptoms, coupled with current public health problems such as rising drug overdose rates, creates a major dilemma for healthcare providers. Determining which patients could benefit from prescribed controlled substances and which patients could be harmed by taking these medications is not always easy. Discussing recent guidelines and evidence-based literature evaluating safe prescribing practices can be beneficial to both healthcare providers and patients.  Completion of this module will satisfy one hour continuing medical education for states that require specific continuing medical education for prescribing controlled substances.


The goal of this continuing education module is to educate healthcare providers on methods to safely and responsibly prescribe controlled substances to patients. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss controlled substances and their relation to the current opioid epidemic
  • Identify roles of commonly prescribed controlled substances in certain disorders and diseases
  • Describe ways in which nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and other healthcare professionals can collaborate to ensure responsible prescribing of controlled substances

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, ARNPs/APRNs, nurses, and pharmacists.
Physicians: 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.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Hours dedicated to pharmacology: 1 contact hour
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 3/21/2018
Date of Most Recent Review: 3/21/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/21/2021

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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Shaune G - Cartersville, GA  ·  Jan 17, 2020
This was a valuable course.
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JESSICA W - Aledo, TX  ·  Jan 15, 2020
Most of what I knew already was hoping for some new information
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Mehdi R - pepper pike,ohio, OH  ·  Jan 13, 2020
Excellent review of the subject
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Amy W - Saint Augustine, FL  ·  Jan 10, 2020
Very effective and educational.
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Paul A - tampa, FL  ·  Jan 09, 2020
perfect it did what was needed
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50