Legal Obligations & Regulatory Oversight of Controlled Substances Prescribing

Legal Obligations and Regulatory Oversight of Controlled Substances Prescribing

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 CDC has declared prescription drug abuse in the US an epidemic - 91 Americans die daily from an opioid overdose, most caused by prescription painkillers. The purpose of this webinar is for participants to understand the licensure requirements for prescribing controlled substances, recognize the criminal, civil, and administrative exposure for inappropriate controlled substances prescribing, comprehend the regulatory oversight of prescribing controlled substances, and consistently query their state-regulated Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). 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. Discuss the opioid epidemic in our nation and its legal and regulatory implications
  2. Outline the licensure and statutory obligations for clinicians under state law for compliant prescribing of controlled substances
  3. Cite 2-3 examples of how clinicians can limit their legal and regulatory exposure regarding controlled substances prescribing
  4. Consistently query the appropriate state-controlled Prescription Drug Monitoring Program each time an opioid prescription is being considered

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 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 activity:

  • Mike Midgley, RN, JD, MPH, CPHRM, DFASHRM (Faculty)
  • Sharon Nichols, Senior Risk Consultant, Medical Mutual (Reviewer)
  • Lauren Hauser, Senior Risk Management Coordinator, Medical Mutual (Planner)
  • Whitley Paige, Risk Managment 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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