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

  • List basic steps physicians should take protect prescriptions for controlled substances
  • Identify warning signs and criteria for problematic prescription drug use
  • Discuss the importance of informed consent and agreement for treatment
  • Review policies for the use of controlled substances for the treatment of pain.

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

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.

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

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

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

Activity Term

Start: April 27, 2017 
End: April 30, 2018 

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Windows, XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.6 higher
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Android devices including tablets and phones.
Windows RT and tablets on Windows 8 are also supported.

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