Recognizing Signs of the Misuse or Abuse of Controlled Substances - CMEZ767

Recognizing Signs of the Misuse or Abuse of Controlled Substances

by Nicholas Bertoni, MD
(4.6 / 36 ratings )

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

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


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.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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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 hours
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.

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Andrea O - dc, DC  ·  Jan 16, 2020
Good overview of S&S of abuse and withdrawal
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steven s - Boca Raton, FL  ·  Dec 30, 2019
straight forward and basic.
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Wesley J - Coos Bay, OR  ·  Dec 22, 2019
iimportant for all practitiioners to have this basic knowledge that i have known for 30 years. the fifth vital sign and the state scrutiny for those who disagreed is responsible for the terrible numbers of those numeric increases in death. shame on those who supported that process. we knew better....protect us from the angry patients who dont like hearing no when we do our job.
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Mary Kate R - Chapel Hill , NC  ·  Nov 05, 2019
great course! very informative and to the point.
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REBECCA B - Nottingham, PA  ·  Aug 16, 2019
Great concise information.
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Price: $15.00
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