Target Audience: Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician 2.0 Credits Activity Release Date: 3/12/2021 12:00:00 AM Activity Expiration Date: 2/22/2024 12:00:00 AM Safe Prescribing Practices
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Course Summary
The prevalence of prescription drug use disorder is on the rise, including amongst patients previously considered low risk. This is especially true of opioid analgesics prescribed for chronic pain, stimulants prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and benzodiazepines prescribed for anxiety or insomnia. In order to prevent the misuse of controlled substances and reduce the risk of substance use disorders, pharmacists and other healthcare providers should fully understand the different drug Schedules and their risks, carefully follow guidelines related to the prescribing and dispensing of substances within each Schedule, and consistently utilize state monitoring programs.
Course Objectives
  • Identify the reason for the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and state-specific regulations for the prescription of controlled substances
  • Describe the schedules of controlled substances according to their class or purpose, the relative risk for the misuse of each category of drug, and its potential for the development of substance use disorder
  • Compare and contrast the different types of controlled substances based on the accepted medical use and potential for misuse
  • Identify how Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) can be used to help identify inappropriate drug use and prescribing
  • Identify best practices for reducing inappropriate controlled substance use while ensuring access in appropriate situations.
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Course Syllabus

I.         Introduction

II.         Controlled Substance Act

Controlled Substance Schedules

III.         Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

IV.         Prevalence of Prescription Drug Misuse

1. Pain Prescription Misuse
2. Tranquilizer Prescription Misuse
3. Stimulant Prescription Misuse
4. Sedative Prescription Misuse

V.         State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP)

VI.         Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse

1. Prescribing Practices
2. Implementation and Use of PDMPs
3. Case Example: Florida State Prescription Drug Monitoring
4. Drug Diversion and Doctor Shopping

VII.         Safe Prescribing of Opioids

1. Pain Management Education
2. Indications for Opioid Pain Treatment

VIII.         Case Study: PDMP Data

IX.         Case Study: Opioid Use Disorder and Pain Management

X.         Summary

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