The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) has received funding support from The Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine to conduct up to three CME events this year on best practices in opioid prescribing.  The NCMS and the Physicians’ Institute are committed to addressing the epidemic of opioid abuse by helping to educate prescribers. This educational activity will be supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies (RPC).
Next year, continuing education on the abuse of controlled substances will be required by the NC Medical Board and other licensing authorities as a condition of license renewal for health care providers who prescribe controlled substances. This new requirement is the result of legislation supporting the use of the Controlled Substance Reporting System (CSRS) and the critical need to address this nationwide health issue.
Sessions are being planned for summer 2016 in Charlotte and potentially Asheville and Greenville. In September, a session will be offered in Greensboro as part of the NCMS Annual Meeting and the M3 Conference. If you are interested in learning more about serving as faculty for the “Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives” CME activities, please contact Shawn Scott ([email protected]) or Jennifer Gasperini ([email protected]) at the NCMS, or by phone (800) 272-8772.