Controlled Substance Prescribing for Chronic Pain Management - CMEZ768

Controlled Substance Prescribing for Chronic Pain Management

by Nicholas Bertoni, MD
(4.8 / 130 ratings )

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

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Many states now or will in the future require continuing education specifically addressing controlled substances. Chronic pain is a fairly common disorder for which healthcare providers often prescribe controlled substances, such as opioids. Prescription opioids can alleviate pain in certain patients, but the risk of misuse, abuse, addiction, and overdose means that providers need to evaluate the risks and benefits for each patient. This course will educate healthcare providers on the role of prescription controlled substances along with other therapies for chronic pain using recommendations from current national guidelines. Upon completion of this course, providers should be able to identify which patients can benefit from chronic opioid therapy along with ways to evaluate them for misuse during the course of their treatment.


The goal of this module is to educate healthcare providers on methods for safe and responsible administration of controlled substances for the management of chronic pain. After studying the material presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss strategies for evaluating patients with chronic pain along with options for therapy, including controlled substances (opioids)
  • Identify patient factors and characteristics that can make prescribing opioids unsafe
  • Describe ways for providers to collaborate with other members of the healthcare team to successfully monitor patients receiving opioids for chronic pain management

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, EMTs/paramedics, 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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Maria C - Leesburg, FL  ·  Jan 25, 2020
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alexandra o - alexandria, VA  ·  Jan 24, 2020
Very helpful and will help me improve my pain management practice.
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Ayoola O - san antonio, TX  ·  Jan 22, 2020
very educative and enlightening
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Andrea O - dc, DC  ·  Jan 16, 2020
good review of other alternatives to opioids and pain management practices
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Richard F - Naples, FL  ·  Jan 13, 2020
well constructed test
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50