Prescribing Controlled Drugs: Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls©

A Non-Profit Program for All Prescribers of Controlled Drugs

It’s a phenomenal course…I feel like I am making treatment decisions out of integrity rather than fear.

Feedback from Prescribing Controlled Drugs participant

Managing Patients on Chronic Controlled Substances is not Easy

This three-day course is offered in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health. Participants will:

  • Learn appropriate prescribing practices
  • Cultivate new skills in substance abuse identification
  • Develop strategies for discussing personal responsibilities with patients
  • Identify their personal motivations in patient encounters

This course is designed to fulfill licensing board or credentialing requirements for remedial education. It is specifically targeted toward healthcare professionals who prescribe controlled substances and those cited for inappropriate prescribing.

Typical Reasons for Referral Include:

  • Inappropriate dispensing of medications from physicians’ offices
  • Prescribing controlled substances in large quantities and/or at too frequent intervals
  • Prescribing for family members, friends, or people with known histories of substance abuse
  • Prescribing when documentation of the clinical situation is inadequate or non-existent

The course is also suitable for healthcare professionals who wish to improve their comfort and skills managing patients on chronic controlled substances.

This Course is Not

  • A treatment program for drug dependence. Of course, participants in recovery who wish to improve their knowledge and skills in the safe prescribing of controlled drugs are welcome
  • A rehabilitation program for clinicians accused of illegally selling drugs for profit

Interested in More Education? Special Discount Available…

Participants in Prescribing Controlled Drugs (PCD) may also register for CPEP’s Basics of Chronic Pain Management seminar. This one-day seminar takes place immediately after the PCD course. While the regular fee for Basics of Chronic Pain Management is $550, PCD participants may register for only $250. For more information, click here.

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What You Need to Know

Where and when is the course offered?

This course is offered three times per year in Denver, CO. Please Click Here for a list of available sessions. A list of the upcoming courses is available at the bottom of this page.

The course is also offered at the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health in Nashville, TN. Please Click Here for more information.

How do I enroll in Prescribing Controlled Drugs?

Enrolling in Prescribing Controlled Drugs is easy. Simply Click Here to access the registration page.

What do past participants say about Prescribing Controlled Drugs?

“It’s a phenomenal course…my confidence in my decision-making process overall has increased substantially and I feel like I am making treatment decisions out of integrity rather than fear.”

Participant Feedback on “Prescribing Controlled Drugs: Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls”

Who is eligible for Prescribing Controlled Drugs?

This course is open to all healthcare professionals who prescribe controlled substances.

What’s the cost?


What to expect after enrollment?

  • After your initial registration, you will receive a confirmation of enrollment within 48 – 72 hours

What about CME credit?

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of UCHealth Memorial Hospital and CPEP.  UCHealth Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCHealth Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


CPEP would like to thank Pinnacol Assurance and the COPIC Medical Foundation for their generous support of our efforts to bring this important course to Denver.

The majority of materials used in this course were originally developed by, and used with the permission of, the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health. CPEP is pleased and privileged to work with Vanderbilt in making this important course more broadly available.

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