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Best Practices on Controlled Substances and Drug Diversion – 3 CE

Activity Overview

Learn about the best practices in prescribing controlled substances and how to identify and prevent drug misuse in this online, self-paced CE.

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Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Define drug misuse, drug abuse, and addiction and the scope of the drug abuse epidemic in the United States.
  2. Identify how controlled substances are classified according to schedules and provide examples of drugs on each schedule.
  3. Name commonly misused and diverted drugs as well as sources for diversion.
  4. Identify behaviors that could indicate drug misuse or diversion on the part of a patient or health care professional.
  5. List risk factors for drug misuse or diversion.
  6. Identify best practices for prescribers and nurses to prevent drug misuse or diversion. 

Accreditation Statement

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

AchieveCE is also an accredited provider by the Florida Board of Nursing (Provider #50-20641) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP17265), and through the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) with provider ID #386503. This course is approved by CE Broker, with CE Broker No. 20-674235.

Content Complexity

  Level 2. Basic Application of Skills and Concepts

Accreditation Statement

AchieveCE is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. GNA Approved Provider Number is 4003268.

Start Date: 07/14/2022
Expiration Date: 07/14/2025

Financial Support Disclosure

This activity was developed by AchieveCE free of any commercial support.

Delivery Type

Home Study Monograph



3.0 Contact Hours


Controlled Substance

Target Audience

Advanced Practice RN
Dental Professionals
Licensed Practical Nurse
Registered Nurse
Licensed Midwife
Respiratory Therapist

Activity Type

Contains case-based material

Activity Number

Activity 40071


Provider No. 50-20641
CA BRN No. 2020138
CE Broker No. 20-682862
GNA Approved Provider Number is 4003268


Dr. Patricia Dunn DNP, APRN, FNP-BC



Requirements for Credit

Participants must score a passing grade of 70% or higher on the activity post-test and complete an activity evaluation. There are no time limits and unlimited test-taking attempts. Credits will be reported automatically to CE Broker if your license information is entered properly in your profile.

CE Broker Reporting

If you are licensed under a board supported by CE Broker, feel free to log into your CE Broker account to view your reported courses or to contact their support staff.

Hardware Requirements

Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
iOS 10+, Android 4.3+

Software Requirements

Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox
Adobe Acrobat Reader

Network Requirements

Broadband Internet Connection:
T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
4G cellular connection

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