New legislation (HB549) requires all dentists, regardless of DEA licensing, to take a two-hour continuing education (CE) course on the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances during licensure renewal. HB 549 was signed into law by the governor and becomes effective on July 1, 2019. The opioid crisis is a public health emergency in the US, with a severe impact in Florida. In this course, Dr. Portnof will review the current standards for prescribing controlled substances and the new Florida laws and rules related to the prescribing of controlled substances. Attendees will leave the course able to define acute and chronic pain and opioid addiction, and know when to consider non-opioid and non-pharmacological alternatives for treating pain. The license renewal deadline for the 2020-2022 biennium is Feb. 28, 2022.
FDA members, please use your ADA email address and 'Password1' to log into your account. If you are not an FDA member, please create an account to take the course.
- Understand the scope of the opioid program and the current situation in Florida.
- Learn the best practices for safe prescribing controlled substances, including emergency opioid antagonists, and monitoring patients.
- Identify the risk of addiction and the best practices for safe and effective treatment of acute paid with opioids.
- Overview Florida Laws and Rules related to the prescribing of controlled substances and Florida’s PDMP (E-FORCSE) and instructions regarding usage, with emphasis placed on the recent modifications made to improve safety.
- Discuss the non-opioid and non-pharmacological alternatives for treating pain.