Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing: Georgia Edition

Program Description

Opioid related deaths from prescription medications have been called a health crisis. Georgia’s lawmakers and medical licensing boards have passed legislation aimed at safe and effective opioid prescribing for patients with acute or chronic pain. This three hour learning activity provides instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management, as delineated in Georgia Rule 360-15-.01.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Adhere to Georgia’s controlled substance prescribing rules.
  • Implement an assessment process for identifying abuse or misuse of controlled substances.  
  • Discuss with patients, the risks associated with controlled substance treatments.
  • Utilize Georgia’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) when prescribing medications.


No individual in a position to control or influence the content of this activity has reported relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. No commercial support was provided for this activity. 


Sandra Strickland,  RN, MSN, LHRM, CPHRM, Assistant Vice President, SE Region,Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company  

Julie Hopkins, MA, MBA, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company

Continuing Education Credit

The Doctors Company is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

The Doctors Company designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Doctors Company estimates three hours for completion of this course. A passing score of 80 percent or greater is required to successfully complete the activity and earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Course ID#: TDE 18005.0
Issue Date for This Activity: 01-09-2018
Expiration Date for This Activity: 12-01-2019


The information and guidelines contained in this enduring material activity are generalized and may not apply to all practice situations. The faculty recommends that legal advice be obtained from a qualified attorney for specific application to your practice. The information is intended for educational purposes only.

Complies with State Requirements

Please SEE the Federation of State Medical Boards overview of Continuing Medical Education requirements by State.    

Technical Requirements

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