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 a contract can be used to control opioid prescribing

Course Fees
MMS Member Physicians: Free
Nonmember Physicians: Free
Allied Health Professionals: Free

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CME Credit:  1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ , risk management study

Accreditation Statement  
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 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs may claim 1 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

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.

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

Activity Term

Start: July 31, 2017 
End: July 31, 2018 

System requirements:


Desktops/Laptops
Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
Most modern browsers including:
IE8,9,10
Firefox 18.0+
Chrome 26+
Safari 5+
Flash player  is required for some Online CME courses.

Mobile/Tablet
iOS devices beginning with OS version 5 or higher (includes, iPhone, ipad and iTouch devices)
Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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