Legal Advisor: Identifying Drug Dependence

Identifying Drug Dependence

According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, more than 6 million Americans are abusing prescription drugs.  This is more than the number of Americans abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined.  As a response to this wide-spread problem, the Board of Registration in Medicine in Massachusetts added an effective pain management educational requirement to obtain and renew a medical license effective February 1, 2012. Medication addiction has the potential to impact any patient.  Physicians need to be aware of the laws and regulations that apply to controlled substances in both the state and federal level.  In addition, there are many "warning signs" that may indicate a problem for abuse.

Using case studies, this CME activity outlines strategies to identify patients who may be at risk for addiction as well as preventative measures physicians can take.

Learning Objectives

  • Restate the basic safety precautions to be taken when prescribing controlled substance
  • Discuss behavior that can warn a physician of a patient's drug dependence
  • Describe the new prescribing guidelines and how they will protect against drug dependence
  • Explain how an agreement can be used to control opioid prescribing

Additional Information

Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS)
State Relevance: 
Rhode Island
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement  
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management credit, including 1.0 credit in effective pain management and prescribing of controlled substances.

MOC Approval Statement 
Through the American Board of Medical Specialties ("ABMS") ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification ("MOC") Activities through the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory , this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity (apply toward general CME requirement) for the following ABMS Member Boards:

Allergy and Immunology
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Family Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Plastic Surgery
Preventive Medicine
Psychiatry and Neurology
Thoracic Surgery

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 MOC II
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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OpioidPain Management