Louisiana Initial Medical Licensure Program

The purpose of this course is to educate prescribers on best practices for the safe prescribing of controlled substances, including opioid analgesics. The course focuses on regulatory and legal framework, current best practices for prescribing controlled substances, pharmacologic (nonopioid and opioid analgesics) and non-pharmacologic therapies for pain management, diversion and treatment of substance use disorders.

Target Audience

This course is designed for all physicians and health care providers involved in the treatment and monitoring of patients prescribed controlled substances.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explain the purpose, role, and need for the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as it relates to clinical practice.
  2. Explain the similarities and differences between the five (5) DEA schedules for controlled substances.
  3. Describe the key steps recommended for the responsible prescribing of controlled substances.
  4. Describe pharmacological treatment options for treating pain, anxiety disorder, insomnia, narcolepsy, and attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder.
  5. Describe the fundamental concepts of pain management, including definitions and mechanisms of pain.
  6. Identify the range of therapeutic options for managing pain, including non-pharmacologic approaches and pharmacologic (non-opioid and opioid analgesics) therapies.
  7. Explain how to integrate opioid analgesics into a pain treatment plan individualized to the needs of the patient, including counseling patients and caregivers about the safe use of opioid analgesics.
  8. Describe how to safely and effectively manage patients on opioid analgesics in the acute and chronic pain settings, including assessing, initiating therapy, titrating, ongoing and discontinuing use.
  9. Describe at least four (4) practices clinicians can use to minimize diversion of controlled substances.
  10. Identify the six (6) approved pharmacotherapies for treating alcohol and opioid use disorders.

Additional Information

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Paul J. Christo, MD, MBA

Director, Multidisciplinary Pain Fellowship Program

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Melissa B. Weimer, DO, MCR, FASAM

Chief of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine

Saint Peter’s Health Partners

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Oregon Health and Science University

Oregon Health and Science University

Medical Writer

Braun Medical Media

Beth Dove

Medical Writer

Dove Medical Communications


Joseph J. McGurrin


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, InforMed implemented mechanisms, prior to the planning and implementation of this CME activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of this CME activity.


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

InforMed designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Special Approval

This InforMed designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Initial Licensees with a CDS license in Louisiana must complete a one-time requirement of at least three (3) hours of Board approved CME on best practices for prescribing controlled substances, drug diversion, addiction treatment and treatment of chronic pain.

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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Controlled Substances, Prescribing, Pharmacology, Pain Management, Schedule II Drugs, Substance Use Disorder