Florida - Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances
This course provides information about the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States and the impact it continues to have on patients, healthcare workers, and families. Current guidelines for prescribing controlled substances, requirements for patient assessment and monitoring, and methods to reduce the misuse of controlled substances are addressed. The role healthcare workers play in mitigating this crisis is examined, and safe and effective alternative modalities for pain management are discussed.

Course Publication Date: November 07, 2022

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Adrianne Avillion D.Ed., RN
Course No:FL-SAFE-22
Contact Hours:3.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Learning Objectives
  • Summarize historical and current data related to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States.

  • Recall legislature aimed at mitigating the opioid crisis.

  • Differentiate between selected opioid medications.

  • Recall best clinical practices for prescription of controlled substances.

  • Review Florida State and federal requirements for Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) and Physician’s Assistants (PAs) prescribing controlled substances.

  • Identify alternative, non-opioid options for the treatment of pain.

  • Identify guidelines for tapering or discontinuing opioid therapy.

  • Identify characteristics of opioid/controlled substance diversion among healthcare workers.

  • Summarize interventions to decrease/limit the number of opioid overdoses in the United States.

  • Differentiate between drug abuse and misuse, tolerance, dependence, and addiction.

  • Identify risk factors related to controlled substance misuse and abuse.

  • List diagnostic criteria (DSM-V) for opioid use disorder.


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