Prescribing Controlled Drugs

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2020 Course Dates

We currently have no upcoming course dates for 2021.

Course Description

Research indicates that up to one third of the disciplinary actions taken by Medical Boards are related to misprescribing practices. Common problematic behaviors include inappropriately dispensing controlled substances from office practices, prescribing overly large doses or quantities of drugs to individual patients, prescribing at too-frequent intervals, and/or failing to document completely (or at all) the rationale for treatment. Misprescribing also includes writing scripts for family members, friends, or known drug addicts (before other forms of therapy have been tried).

The UF College of Medicine is pleased to be able to offer a 3-day CME course, originally developed by Dr. Andy Spickard and his colleagues at Vanderbilt Medical Center, which was designed to address misprescribing issues.

For those attending the Prescribing Controlled Drugs Course, typical problem behaviors have included the inappropriate dispensing of medications from physician’s offices, prescribing large amounts of narcotics at too frequent intervals, or prescribing to family members, friends, or person with known histories of substance abuse. Oftentimes, the records of the physicians’ prescribing practices are poorly documented or non-existent.

This three day course includes components examining:

  • The participants’ professional practices
  • Experiential exercises emphasizing increased self-awareness
  • Strategies to improve management of difficult patient problems
  • Establishing appropriate physician boundaries
  • Individualized learning through brief homework
  • Development of new skills in substance abuse identification and prescribing practice using the technique of role play
  • Specific case studies and discussions augment the experiential exercises
  • Development of a plan for changing ideas, skills, attitudes and behaviors that have contributed to misprescribing

Program Agenda

Target Audience

Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, Pharmacists, and any professionals who prescribe, or have access to, controlled substances to patients.

Speaker Disclosure

Dr. Martha Brown, Dr. Elizabeth Jenkins & Dr. Karen Nicholson declare that they do not have any financial disclosures. No one else in a position to control the content of this activity has any financial relationships to disclose.


Upon the completion of this program, the participant should be able to:

  • Analyze state-of-the-art information on proper prescribing practices of controlled substances
  • Identify risky prescribing practices of controlled substances
  • Implement strategies to avoid risky behaviors
  • Identify the drug-seeking patient
  • Diagnose chemical dependency
  • Identify appropriate treatment resources for the dependent patient
  • Review information on State Physician Health Programs


The University of Florida College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


The University of Florida College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Refund Policy

The cost of this course is $2,700 and includes all course materials and breakfast and lunch each day.  Travel and accomodations are not included.

If you must cancel your registration, the UF CME office will refund your registration fee, less $500.00, provided you notify us 30 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds will be made after that time. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for justifiable emergencies. Registration may be transferred to another course date provided the request is made more than 30 days prior to the start of the course you are registered for. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this CME activity due to unforeseen circumstances, registration fees will be refunded in full. UF is not responsible for non-transferable, non-refundable airline tickets, or hotel accommodations purchased in connection with attendance at this CME activity .