Controlled Substance Prescribing: Pain, Anxiety, Insomnia


June 4-6
Controlled Substance Prescribing

Nov 5-7
Controlled Substance Prescribing

Who Should Attend?

The Intensive Course in Controlled Substance Prescribing is designed for physicians in all specialties who need or wish to increase their knowledge and ability to effectively prescribe controlled medications that have abuse potential. In addition, the course is designed for physicians who treat chronic pain syndromes.

Statement of Need

Controlled substances are prescribed and dispensed today at an increasing rate to help patients cope with pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and myriad other disorders. Studies show that most practitioners are rather conservative when prescribing controlled drugs while a small number are at times overly aggressive. In addition, controlled prescription medications are falling into the hands of increasing numbers of prescription drug abusers.

How can the practitioner more effectively understand the pharmacologic profiles for controlled drugs, identify diagnostic criteria for appropriate prescribing, and consider the therapeutic implications of specific substance use by individual patients? This special intensive course has been developed to enhance the physician’s ability to effectively prescribe controlled medications, while minimizing their misuse whenever possible.


  • Prescription Drug Abuse Overview
  • Benzodiazepine Pharmacology and Withdrawal Management
  • Psychological Approaches to Chronic Pain
  • Perspective of the State Medical Board
  • Chemical Dependence Screening
  • Narcotic Pharmacology
  • Patient Scams “Getting to No” Skill Practice
  • Toxicology Testing in Office Practice
  • Use of Opiates in Chronic Pain
  • Headache Management
  • Legal Issues: Perspective of Risk Management
  • Management of Narcotic Withdrawal
  • Brief Intervention for Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Applied Opiate Pharmacology Excerpts from the ER-LA CORE REMS
  • Prudent Prescribing of Stimulants
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Overview of Opioid Maintenance Therapy
  • Practical Approaches to Prescribing Chronic Opioids
  • Insomnia- Physiology and Diagnosis
  • Forming a Plan for Treatment and Recovery
  • Substance Abuse Disorders: Impact on the Family
  • Controlled Substance Prescribing Simulation


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

How to Register

Four Ways:

  1. Register online by selecting from our calendar of courses.
  2. Mail the 2018 Controlled Substance completed form‌ with a check payable to Case Western Reserve University or complete the credit card information and send to:
    Continuing Medical Education Program 
    10524 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, Ohio 44106-6026
  3. Fax the 2018 Controlled Substance completed form‌ with your credit card number to 216.844.8133
  4. Phone 216.983.1239 or 800.274.8263 with the information requested on the form and your credit card number.

Location + Accommodations

The course will be held at the George S. Dively Conference Center, 11240 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, Ohio

Recommended Hotel Accommodations - Dively

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