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Meet Your Substance Use Disorder DEA Requirement

 Get the training you need in a self-paced, convenient format with a course specifically designed for practitioners to meet the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s new requirement under the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act

Starting June 27, 2023, DEA-registered practitioners must complete 8 hours of one-time training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders


Substance Use Disorder Training - A DEA Requirement

Prescribing Controlled Substances Safely - A DEA Requirement

For pharmacists, dentists & APNs

8 hours



Satisfies mandatory DEA MATE Act requirement in:

Opioids or other substance use disorders

Designed for DEA-registered practitioners

Substance Use Disorders: A DEA Requirement

Earn 8 hours of CE/CME credit

For physicians

Satisfy mandatory DEA requirements for opioid and other substance use disorders.

Course Description

Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Physician Assistants (PAs), Pharmacists, and Dentists care for patients with disorders in many healthcare settings. Individuals may seek care for an acute illness or worsening of a chronic condition. Often, pain is the leading reason for seeking medical care. Appropriate prescribing practices are critical for all medications, but controlled substances require special attention. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all have a role in controlled medication schedules. Prescribers must understand federal and state requirements for all controlled substances. This course will provide a general review of federal and state-controlled substance regulations and the prescribing practices for controlled substances. Additionally, substance use disorders are complex phenomena affecting many lives. This course also reviews common substance use disorders, including alcohol, anxiolytics, stimulants, hallucinogens, and tobacco/vaping. However, the focus is on clinical safety considerations when prescribing non-cancer-related opioid medications for acute/chronic pain in adults.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate among substance use disorders and associated concepts, including diversion.
  • Examine the roles of the DEA, FDA, and HHS in scheduling-controlled substances and enforcing controlled substance laws and regulations. 
  • Controlled substance act
  • Differentiate the DEA Controlled Substance Schedules and prescribing regulations
  • DEA Controlled Substance Schedules
  • Schedules of a controlled substance (I, II, III, IV, V)
  • Examine medical marijuana legislation 
  • Describe essential considerations when prescribing controlled substances, including regulatory exceptions and clinical concerns
  • Nurse practitioners prescribing controlled substances: requirements
  • Integrative therapies
  • Controlled substance prescribing practices
  • Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs)
  • Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS)
  • Facsimile and oral prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances
  • Schedules III-V controlled substance prescribing considerations
  • FDA warning for codeine- and hydrocodone-containing cough and cold products
  • Special considerations for nurse practitioners prescribing controlled substances


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Learn more about the MATE Act DEA Requirement

What is the new DEA substance use training requirement?

A part of the MATE Act, this one-time requirement is to complete eight hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.

Who is impacted by this new DEA requirement?

All DEA-registered registered practitioners, with the exception of those who are solely veterinarians, are responsible for completing the requirement. 

When is the deadline for meeting this new requirement?

Practitioners will begin to report completion of the requirement on their DEA registration or regularly-scheduled registration renewal form starting on or after June 27, 2023.  This will require practitioners to check a box on their DEA registration form confirming that they have completed the 8 hour substance use training requirement. 

Can Elite | InforMed help me meet the DEA substance use disorder requirement?

Yes! DEA-registered practitioners can purchase and complete the Prescribing Controlled Substances Safety - A DEA Requirement course, which is an 8-hour, self-paced course that fulfills the requirement once completed.

Where can I find more information about the new DEA requirement?

You can find additional information about the new requirement in the official letter released by the DEA.

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