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Controlled Substance Education for Prescribers and Pharmacists


Date: March 15, 2018 — December 31, 2019


Opioid-involved overdose deaths have been rapidly increasing in Georgia since 2010, driven initially by increased use and misuse of prescription opioids (e.g., Oxycodone and Hydrocodone), but in recent years there have been substantial increases in the number of heroin- and fentanyl-involved overdose deaths.

From 2010 to 2017, the number of opioid-involved overdose deaths increased by 245% in Georgia, from 426 to 1043 deaths, and the rate increased by 204%, from 4.3 to 10.1 deaths/100,000 persons, respectively. In 2017, Overdoses involving any opioid accounted for 3,174 ED visits, 1,760 hospitalizations, and 1,043 deaths. Heroin-involved overdoses accounted for 980 ED visits, 322 hospitalizations, and 267 deaths.

According to the DEA, 56% of teens believe prescription drugs are easier to obtain than illicit drugs. Non-medical use of prescription drugs is highest among young adults aged 18 to 25. In a study conducted between June 2006 and September 2015 on nearly 1.3 million patients concluded that an initial 10-day opioid prescription results in one in five patients becoming a long-term opioid user. Long term opioid use can contribute to both physical disease and mental disorders in addition to opioid use disorder. We are currently in the middle of an epidemic that threatens the safety of our citizens on a daily basis. This program was designed as one tool to impact that epidemic.


Effective January 1, 2018, every prescriber who maintains an active DEA certificate and prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit, shall complete at least three hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The certification of such completion must occur at the first renewal following January 1, 2018 or the first renewal following licensure. Completion of this requirement may count as three hours toward the CME requirement for license renewal. Pharmacists are encouraged to complete this program in order to understand the new requirements and the guidelines for controlled substances prescribing as well as chronic pain management. In addition, pharmacists will be expected to serve a resource for prescribers and patients on the new regulations and requirements.

Target Audience

This program is intended for prescribers licensed in the State of Georgia who maintain an active DEA certificate and prescribe controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit.


Module I:
Part A - Introduction - Gregg Raduka, PhD, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs
Part B - Controlled Drug Prescribing Guidelines - Todd Woodard, PharmD, Peach State Health Plan
Part C - CDC Mobile Application - Trina von Waldner, PharmD, UGA College of Pharmacy

Module II:
Part A - The Disease of Addiction - Susan Blank, MD, Association of Addiction Medicine
Part B - Recognizing Signs of Abuse Opioids and Benzodiazepines - Merrill Norton, PharmD, UGA College of Pharmacy
Part C - SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treament) - Matthew Perri, PhD, UGA College of Pharmacy

Module III:
Part A - Six Point Platform for Opioid Prescribing - P. Tennent Slack, MD, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group
Part B - Legal Considerations in Controlled Substances Prescribing - Ken Duke, RPh, MBA, UGA College of Pharmacy
Part C - PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) - PDMP Video--Appriss Health


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Piedmont Athens Regional and the UGA College of Pharmacy. Piedmont Athens Regional is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Piedmont Athens Regional designates this online activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This knowledge-based activity has been approved for 3 hours of continuing education credit. Credit will be awarded for viewing all presentations, participating in active learning questions, successfully completing the post-assessment with a score of 70% or higher, and submission of the activity evaluation. No partial credit will be given. All continuing pharmacy education credit awarded is reported to CPE Monitor® within 7 days of activity completion. The University of Georgia College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Special Offer

This program meets Georgia Composite Medical Board Controlled Substances Prescribing CME Requirement.

Group Discounts are available for health-systems and large practices. Contact Elise Martin for details at or 706-542-6232.

Financial support for this program provided by:

The Council on Alcohol and Drugs in sponsorship by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Office of Behavioral Health Prevention.

Courses Offered

Course Pricing Contact Hours/CEUs
ONLINE Controlled Substance Education for Prescribers(details) $15.00 3.0/0.3
ONLINE Controlled Substance Education for Pharmacists(details) $15.00 3.0/0.3

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