Non-DEA License Holders are Now Required to take a Two-hour Opioid Prescribing Course

Feb 9, 2024
New legislation requires all dentists, regardless of DEA licensing, to take a two-hour continuing education (CE) course on the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances during licensure renewal. The license renewal deadline is Feb. 29, 2020.
Last year, legislation passed that required all health care practitioners who have a DEA license to take CE for the prescribing of controlled substances from a statewide association of physicians, unless the health care practitioners' practice act included the CE requirement, which wasn’t the case for dentists. With the passage of HB 549, which was supported by the Florida Dental Association (FDA), dentists will now be able to receive CE for controlled substances from dentists and dental-affiliated groups certified to offer such course, which includes the FDA and its districts/affiliates. Dentists who have already taken the two-hour CE course based on having a DEA license will not be required to take another CE course on the prescribing of controlled substances. HB 549 was signed into law by the governor and became effective on July 1, 2019.

The FDA now offers a two-hour Opioid Prescribing on-demand webinar with special pricing available to FDA members. Access to this course is available 24-hours a day from the comfort of your own home or office. Click here to take the course.

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