Activity ID



May 22, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)


According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury deaths in the US, and this death rate more than doubled from 1999 to 2013. Abused drugs included opioid pain killers, stimulants, -and -depressants, and the majority of these drugs are obtained from physicians by overlapping prescriptions or by patient visits to multiple prescribers. Learning about controlled substances, how they work, how they can lead to addiction, the risks and benefits of these medications, and how patients might use these substances incorrectly will benefit all physicians, helping them to formulate and pursue various approaches to prevent misuse or abuse.

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Educational Objectives

Describe the risks and benefits of the various classes of controlled substances
Explain the mechanisms of addiction of the various classes of controlled substances
Identify diversion and drug-seeking tactics and behaviors
Explain methods to deal with addicted and/or drug-seeking patients
Discuss risky practices for prescribing controlled substances and adopt strategies to reduce those risks


Drug abuse, pain management, opioids, controlled substances


Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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