Prescription Abuse: The Perspective of Law Enforcement

Program Description

Opioids play an important role in pain management. Unfortunately, the dramatic increase in opioid use has resulted in an opioid-related epidemic of addiction and death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than heroin and cocaine combined. This timely seminar will address a wide variety of issues that include prescription fraud, drug diversion, and management of patients on chronic opioid therapy.


After completing this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the scale and scope of prescription drug abuse in the United States and locally.
  • Evaluate risk factors that may lead to prescription drug abuse.
  • Develop strategies to educate patients concerning pain management.


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. 


Michelle Swift, BSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company
Law Enforcement Officer

Continuing Education Credit

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

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

Course ID#:    TDS 18195
Issue Date for This Activity: 07/24/18
Expiration Date for This Activity: 11/07/19


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The Doctors Company designates this activity for one continuing education credit.


The information and guidelines contained in this 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 and should be used as a reference guide only.

Complies with State Requirements

RCW 48.22.080 Health care liability risk management training program. Effective July 1, 1994, a casualty insurer’s issuance of a new medical malpractice policy or renewal of an existing medical malpractice policy to a physician or other independent health care practitioner shall be conditioned upon that practitioner’s participation in, and completion of, an insurer-designed health care liability risk management training program once every three years.

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