According to the Michigan Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Rules, all healthcare professionals holding a controlled substance license are required to complete a one-time opioid and other controlled substances awareness training that cover the standards listed under R 338.3135.

Target Audience

This activity was designed specifically for prescribers licensed or looking to obtain a controlled substance license in the state of Michigan.

Directions to View Activity and Receive Certification

Prescribers must purchase the article for $99 (click the button below). Within two business days of purchase, the article will be emailed to the purchaser with a link to complete an evaluation. After the evaluation has been completed, the purchaser will receive a certificate of completion the following Tuesday. (Note: Michigan Pharmacists Association only generates certificates every week on Tuesday.)


Learning Objectives

At the end of this training, non-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.


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.; Amy Ellis, R.Ph., manager of pharmacy services, SpartanNash, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Farah Jalloul, Pharm.D., MBA, director of professional development, Michigan Pharmacists Association, Lansing, 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 #0112-0000-21-121-L03-P & 0112-0000-21-121-L03-T; 1.0 contact hour; Initial Release Date: 2/27/21; Expiration Date: 2/27/24

Disclosure Statement

The authors do not have any conflicts of interest or financial relationships with a commercial interest related to the activity. Note that this publication is not intended to provide legal advice. For legal advice, the Michigan Pharmacists Association recommends contacting an attorney with experience in pharmacy and healthcare law.

Contact Information

For questions regarding continuing education, please contact MPA.