Activity ID



October 1, 2022

Format Type


CME Credit




CME Provider: Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)

Description of CME Course

While concerns about the opioid epidemic are paramount, many other controlled substances are being misused and abused. This course describes the best practices and special considerations necessary for prescribing any controlled dangerous substance. Medication reconciliation and the dangers of polypharmacy, especially among the elderly are emphasized. Issues surrounding prescribing for pain, focusing on chronic pain along with risk assessment for addiction, discussion of alternative therapies, medication treatment agreements, tapering and discontinuation, and consistent use of risk and pain assessment tools are included. Addiction treatment topics including the basic neurobiology behind addiction, the stages of treatment, and the different kinds of rehabilitation programs and modalities offered to assist in the recovery process are also discussed. This course meets the requirements for 3 hours of education on Opioid and controlled substance prescribing and treatment for Arkansas prescribers who have been newly licensed within the past two years.

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Educational Objectives

Prescribers of controlled dangerous substances will employ best practices when prescribing. These include:
Perform a complete patient assessment before prescribing controlled substances, including physical, mental and psychosocial status.
Utilize multimodal treatment options instead of or in addition to pharmacological strategies, especially when treating for pain.
Discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) guidelines for opioid prescribing for chronic pain.
Identify key elements to be documented in patient records when prescribing controlled dangerous substances.
Utilize person-first language in discussions related to addiction treatment and recovery.
Explain the phases of treatment for patients with substance use disorders.
Compare the risks and benefits of the common medications used in medication assisted treatment and recovery.
Discuss the Arkansas laws and rules regarding chronic pain management, the prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and combating abuse.


Controlled Substances, Arkansas Medical license, Prescribing


Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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