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Prescription Drug and Controlled Substance Abuse
Opioid Diversion and Best-Practice Prescribing
Course Description
This 3-contact-hour continuing education course shows nurses and other healthcare practitioners how prescription drug abuse can be prevented and why it is so common. Learn more about the current opioid and prescribed drug abuse epidemic and challenges in managing chronic pain for a better patient outcome. Meets Florida Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Texas requirements.
Learning Outcomes and objectives

Upon completion of this continuing education course, you will be prepared to help prevent prescription drug misuse and diversion. Specific learning objectives to address potential knowledge gaps include:

  • Identify components of responsible opioid prescribing practices and reasonable standards of care.
  • Discuss the CDC guidelines for safe prescribing of opioids.
  • Explain strategies designed to prevent prescription drug misuse and diversion.
  • Describe considerations for the use of the opioid antagonist naloxone.
  • Recognize chemical dependency and impairment in the workplace.
  • Discuss nonpharmacologic interventions for pain.

Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc., is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #12300.

Wild Iris Medical Education is approved as a provider of nursing continuing education by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Quality Assurance, Board of Nursing. Florida Board of Nursing Accreditation #NCE3403.

Nurse practitioners may apply these contact hours to pharmacy continuing education and prescriptive authorization.


Loretta Ann Bostic


Loretta Ann Bostic is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) who specializes in psychiatric mental health and nurse anesthesia. She has been a registered nurse since 1983. She completed her nurse anesthesia education at Charleston Area Medical Center and her doctoral education and postdoctoral certification at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dr. Bostic served on the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Wellness and Peer Assistance committee for over 10 years and is the founding president of the WV chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She has developed continuing education on substance use disorder, drug diversion, best-practice prescribing for opioids, challenges in chronic pain management, and the prescription opioid abuse epidemic. 

Cherie R. Rebar


Cherie R. Rebar has been a licensed RN since 1995. She holds ASN, MSN, MBA, and PhD degrees and post-master's certificates in Family Nurse Practitioner studies and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner studies. Dr. Rebar has taught since 2005 and is a tenured professor of nursing at Wittenberg University, a curriculum designer, and a former director and chair of nursing programs. Her clinical interests and practice include psychiatric mental health, emergency, population, and medical-surgical nursing. She is a published author and editor of the textbook Medical-Surgical Nursing: Concepts for Interprofessional Collaborative Care (10th edition). 

Dennis Crean

BA, Staff Writer

Dennis Crean has served as managing editor for Wild Iris Medical Education since 2010 and helped develop hundreds of continuing education courses. He previously worked as an editor and designer for health, educational, and community-based organizations, including the Louisiana Office of Public Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program. He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.

Accreditation & Approval Information

Nurse planners, content experts, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

This course was not Joint Provided. No outside commercial support was received for the creation of this course material.

Course Availability: Expires February 17, 2025. You must score 70% or better on the test and complete the course evaluation to earn a certificate of completion for this CE activity. Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc., provides educational activities that are free from bias. The information provided in this course is to be used for educational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional healthcare.

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 02/17/2025
Cost: $30.00
Credit Offered:
3 ANCC Credits
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