North Carolina Medical Board Controlled Substances Prescribing Update and Recognizing Signs of Abuse or Misuse

North Carolina Medical Board Controlled Substances Prescribing Update and Recognizing Signs of Abuse or Misuse

Release Date: 06/30/2017
Reviewed/Updated Date: 09/06/2017
Expiration Date: 06/30/2020
Format: Internet Activity Enduring Material

Statement of Need/Program Overview

The purpose of this educational activity is to provide an overview of the Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative. Learners will have the opportunity to identify abuse or diversion risk management strategies, discuss an overview of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, and learn how to utilize tools for monitoring patients prescribed controlled substances. This activity also serves as a platform to inform practitioners and other members of the healthcare team of the North Carolina Medical Board’s controlled substances CME requirement. Applying the newly acquired information into the learner’s daily practice will have a positive and lasting effect on patient care and treatment management.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is Medical Mutual's provider physician group and related healthcare professionals.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  1. Outline the new North Carolina Medical Board's controlled substances continuing medical education requirements
  2. Discuss the NCMB's Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative in order to practice and prescribe in accordance to the standards
  3. Consistently utilize strategies for risk management in opioid prescribing, inclusive of safe opioid tapering
  4. Employ appropriate controlled substances monitoring options on patients
  5. Recall the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Accreditation Statement

Medical Mutual is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

Medical Mutual designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact the CME Team at 800.662.7917 or at .

Instructions to Receive CME Credit

In order to successfully complete the activity, participants must score 70% on the post test at the end of the activity and complete the course evaluations. Each participant has a maximum of three attempts to score a 70%. Successful completion is supported by a 70% pass rate at the end of the course, proving competency on the content of the activity.

Faculty and Disclosures

Medical Mutual requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity.

All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Medical Mutual for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The following reported no relevant financial relationships or relationships to products or devices that they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial support interests related to the content of this CME activity.

  • Barbara E. Walker, DO, NCMB Member (Faculty)
  • Evelyn Contre, Chief Communications Officer, NCMB (Planner)
  • Jean Fisher Brinkley, Communications Director, NCMB (Planner)
  • Sharon Nichols, Senior Risk Consultant, Medical Mutual (Reviewer)
  • Lauren Hauser, Senior Risk Management Coordinator, Medical Mutual (Planner)
  • Whitley Paige, Risk Management Coordinator, Medical Mutual (Planner)


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

Not a guarantee that using information provided will prevent a claim against you or your practice.

Technical Requirements

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