On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time requirement which goes into effect as of June, 27, 2023 for any Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioner (except for veterinarians) to complete eight hours of training “on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.” CME activities listed on this page can be taken in any combination to fulfill the eight-hour requirement. Free activities are listed as such.
Many U.S. states already require physicians and other medical professionals to complete CME hours on safer prescribing of opioids. This new requirement asks physicians to have additional education on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
If you have not met this specific eight-hour training requirement yet, the deadline to do so is the date of a practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission.
The AMA Ed Hub offers a variety of educational activities to help physicians and other practitioners complete their eight hours of training. It’s important to note that the education requirement refers to substance use disorders, not exclusively opioid use disorder, and the training does not have to occur in one session.
Start today and meet new DEA-required education. Topics you will learn about as part of this online course include:
- Basics of Safe Opioid Prescribing and Management
- Basics of Addiction Treatment
- Management of Addiction in Special Populations
- Opioids and Fatalities: Prevention and Management
- Addiction Medicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Who is This CME For?
This requirement is for DEA-registered practitioners who are renewing their license or any first-time registrants (except for practitioners who are solely veterinarians).
You are considered to have already satisfied this requirement if you are:
- board certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Addiction Medicine or the American Osteopathic Association
- a graduate in good standing from a U.S. medical, dental, physician assistant or advanced practice nursing school within five years of June 27, 2023, who successfully completed eight hours of training on treating and managing patient with treating and managing patients with opioid and other substance use disorders, including the appropriate clinical use of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a substance use disorder
Practitioners can count past trainings from relevant providers including the DATA-2000 Waiver training, toward the eight-hour requirement.