Controlled Substance Prescribing: Pain, Anxiety, Insomnia


Feb 11-13
Controlled Substance Prescribing

June 10-12
Controlled Substance Prescribing

Who Should Attend?

The Intensive Course in Controlled Substance Prescribing is designed for physicians in all specialties, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and dentists 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.

Learning Objectives

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacologic profiles of benzodiazepines, opiates and other controlled drugs
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria and management strategies for acute and chronic pain, anxiety disorder, insomnia, depression and substance abuse
  • Employ interviewing techniques relating to the diagnosis and management of substance abuse in general and prescription drug abusers in particular
  • Discuss case management strategies for the above diagnoses
  • Discuss beliefs, stereotypes, and attitudes about controlled substance prescribing, controlled drug abusers and chemical dependency, and consider the therapeutic implications of treatments based upon these beliefs
  • List the special clinical requirements necessary when prescribing controlled drugs


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.

ABIM MOC Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 24.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


How to Register

Four Ways:

  1. Register online by selecting from our calendar of courses.
  2. Mail the 2019 Controlled Substance 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 2019 Controlled Substance form with your credit card number to 216.844.8133 or 216.201.6749
  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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