Controlled Substance Prescribing Verification and the Shocking Reality of True Crime Stories

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Course Description

This concise three-hour continuing education presentation provides an intensive exploration of the intersection between controlled substances and public health. Designed for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge in a time-efficient manner, this course delivers essential insights into the regulatory, ethical, and societal dimensions of controlled substance use and misuse. To connect theory to practice, the presentation will include brief but impactful discussions and analyses of law enforcement encounters related to illegal distribution and unscrupulous practices involving controlled substances. Participants will gain immediate insights into persistent real-world issues.

Intended Audience

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Podiatrists

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the healthcare professional will be able to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of statutory regulation of controlled substances in addressing this public health crisis.
  • Discuss legal and professional oversight, US guidelines, and resources for clinician oversight of controlled substances and opioid use disorder.
  • Discuss the pros and cons, and best practices, for the use of electronic monitoring programs for reducing inappropriate dispensing of controlled substances.
  • Address stigmatization and discrimination of people prescribed controlled substances by analyzing the unique challenges faced by special populations and developing strategies to reduce stigma and promote inclusivity in healthcare practice.
  • Relate the presented content to real-life law enforcement encounters, demonstrating an understanding of the persistent issues related to the illegal and unscrupulous distribution of controlled substances.

At the completion of this activity, healthcare technicians will be able to:

  • List one type of controlled substance.
  • State which federal agency is responsible for enforcing laws about controlled substances in the US.
  • State which medication is used to reverse the effects of opioids.
Credit/Contact Hours
Pharmacotherapy Hours
  • Kathy Gardner, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CNM, CNE
    Faculty, Frontier Nursing University
Development Team
  • Trisha Moreno
  • English
Release Date
October 27, 2023
Expiration Date
October 27, 2026
Instructional Methods
  • Assessment Review with Rationale
  • Case Studies
  • Ungraded Self Assessment-Lesson Recall
  • Video Clips
  • Video Narration
  • Autograded and Quiz Retakes Allowed
  • Daily CE Broker Reporting for Registered Boards
  • Graded Final Quiz
  • Passing 80%+
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