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Controlled Substance Education for Prescribers and Pharmacists


Date: March 15, 2018 — December 31, 2019


Prescription drugs that contain controlled substances can cause patients to experience euphoria, and this can cause the patient to want to continue to take the drug for a longer period of time and take more of the drug than was prescribed or needed. The most recent data for Georgia shows that there were 1,307 overdose deaths in 2015 alone. Of the 1,307 overdoses 88% were due to opioids. 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 through funding from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

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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