Opioid Prescribing Course Guidelines
Prescribing Course Guidelines(as
regulated in North Carolina)
Improving the way opioids are prescribed through
clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more
effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who
misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.
a condition of dental license renewal for 2018, all licensees who have a
current DEA registration must complete an annual CE course of at least one hour
that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance
prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain
management. Courses may be taken in-person or online.
Included as a part of the
annual, total 50 contact hours of CE is the requirement for one contact hour of
CE required only for those NPs who prescribe controlled substances. This CE
shall address controlled substance prescribing practices, signs of the abuse or
misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for
chronic pain management.
Pharmacists, Physician Assistants, Physicians and
Beginning on July 1, 2017, every physician who prescribes
controlled substances, except those holding a residency training license, shall
complete at least three hours of CME, and a physician assistant must complete
at least two hours that is designed specifically to address controlled
substance prescribing practices. The controlled substance prescribing CME shall
include instruction on controlled substance prescribing practices, recognizing
signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance
prescribing for chronic pain management.
View our current list of Opioid-related educational activities and online courses.