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Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act

Introduced 5-2-15 by Edward Markey [D-MA] and referred to the Committee of Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Cosponsors are Elizabeth Warren [D-MA], Richard Blumenthal [D-CT], and Dianne Feinstein [D-CA]. Related bill is H.R.3889.

Purpose: To require certain practitioners authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete continuing education.

SEC. 2. Continuing education requirements for certain practitioners prescribing controlled substances.

Amends section 303 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823) to require covered practitioners to complete training in best practices for pain management including alternative therapies to decrease use of opioids, responsible prescribing of pain medications, evidence-based methods for diagnosing and treating substance disorder, used of methods to prevent diversion.

At least one training module should be provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to any covered practitioner online and free of charge.

Within 5 years of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of HHS shall make a report of how this required training has changed prescribing patterns of controlled substances.


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