According to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, individuals seeking a controlled substance license or who is licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances shall complete a one-time training in opioids and controlled substances awareness.

This requirement applies to controlled substance license renewals beginning with the next full two-year renewal cycle and for initial licenses issued after Sept. 1, 2019. For example, licenses that expire on June 30, 2019, have until June 30, 2021, to complete this training.

Target Audience

This continuing education activity is intended for pharmacists only. Upon completion, pharmacists will receive continuing education credit in their CPE Monitor record where they can also access a statement of credit.


This home study is available to MPA Pharmacist Members for $35 and $70 for pharmacist nonmembers.

Click the button below to purchase and access the article. After clicking on the purchase link, you will be directed to complete the required evaluation and posttest.



Please do not purchase the pharmacist article. Instead, non-pharmacists should click on this link: The Michigan Controlled Substance Awareness Training for Prescribers and Dispensers.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, pharmacists will be able to:

1.     Explain the appropriate use of opioids and other controlled substances in the medical management of patients and counsel patients accordingly.

2.     Discuss integration of common and alternative treatments for pain management.

3.     Describe the stigma of addiction and the impact it has on patient care.

4.     Explain how to utilize the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) when prescribing or dispensing controlled substances.

5.     Discuss requirements under state and federal law related to prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.

6.     Describe security features and proper disposal requirements for controlled substance prescriptions.

Knowledge-type Activity


Robin Curtis, Pharm.D.; clinical care coordinator, SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eric Roath, Pharm.D., MBA, clinical care coordinator, SpartanNash, Lansing, Mich.; Rachel Kollmeyer, Pharm.D., clinical care coordinator, SpartanNash, Holly, Mich.; and Amy Ellis, R.Ph., manager of pharmacy services, SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Continuing Education Credit

Michigan Pharmacists Association (MPA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Universal Activity #0112-0000-23-002-H08-P; 2.0 contact hours; Initial Release Date: 3/26/23; Expiration Date: 3/26/26

This program meets requirements for obtaining pain management continuing education requirements for pharmacists.

Disclosure Statement

The authors have indicated that they do not have any conflicts of interest, nor do they have financial relationships with a commercial interest, related to this activity.

Hardware Requirements

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Software Requirements

To adequately view continuing education articles, you must have Adobe Reader 6.0+. To download the latest version based on your operating system, please visit the Adobe website.

Internet Requirements

To adequately view video presentations, you must have at least a Broadband Internet connection with 500+ Kbps.

Contact Information

For questions regarding continuing education, please contact MPA.