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March 29, 2023
New Mandatory DEA Training Requirement
On December 29, 2022, the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act enacted a new one-time eight-hour training requirement for all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registered practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders.
  • Beginning on June 27, 2023, physicians and other practitioners will be required to check a box on their online DEA registration form affirming they have completed the new training requirement.

  • The deadline for satisfying the training requirement is the date of the practitioner's next scheduled DEA registration submission.

  • While there are multiple ways to satisfy the training requirement, most physicians will have to engage in a total of eight hours of training.

  1. The training does not have to occur in one session and can be cumulative.
  2. Past training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders can count towards meeting the requirement.
  3. Past DATA - Waived training counts toward the required training.
  4. Trainings may include classroom settings, seminars at professional society meetings, or virtual offerings.
While there are a variety of accredited groups that may provide the trainings, for most physicians these with include:

  • The American Medical Association (AMA)
  • The American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)
  • The American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Any organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (AACCME)

Click here to view the full letter from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency.
Below are a few online sources to receive the necessary training:
CDC’s Interactive Training Series: Applying CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids (11 course series).
This interactive online training series aims to help physicians apply CDC’s recommendations in clinical settings through patient scenarios, videos, knowledge checks, tips, and resources. Physicians will gain a better understanding of the recommendations, the risks and benefits of prescription opioids, non-opioid treatment options, patient communication, and risk mitigation. Each stand-alone module is self-paced and offers free continuing education credit (CME, CNE, and CEU).
Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
The ATTC Network is an international, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field. The site includes trainings and materials on opioid misuse, stimulant misuse, health equity and inclusion, HIV, marijuana, HCV, advancing integration and building resiliency and compassion in the healthcare workforce.
Provider Clinical Support System
PCSS is a national training and clinical mentoring project developed in response to the opioid use disorder crisis. The educational resources were developed for primary care physicians and other providers. The goal of PCSS is to provide the most effective evidenced-based clinical practices in the prevention of opioid use disorder through proper opioid prescribing practices, and the identification and treatment of OUD. Be sure to filter course options to display only those that provide CME/CE credit.
This course will provide clinicians with a solid base when treating chronic pain. The curriculum consolidates a vast amount of information available to provide clinicians with the information, resources, and knowledge needed to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain, including non-pharmacological treatments. The result is a comprehensive curriculum for the treatment of chronic pain.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) E-Learning Center
This is the portal for all of ASAM’s educational offerings. View on-demand web-based offerings, live webinars, and recorded live events and claim CME.