Schedule 2 Controlled Substances



Senate Bill No. 1109 (Bates) Chapter 693 adds “risks of addition associated with their use” relating to continuing education requirements to furnish Schedule II controlled substances. Chapter 693 effective January 1, 2019 amends Business and Professions Code, section 2836.1 (g)(3) Furnishing Drugs and Devices.

Nurse Practitioners wishing to furnish Schedule II controlled substances are required to complete either a Board of Registered Nursing-approved continuing education course in Schedule II pharmacology which also includes content regarding the risks of addiction associated with the use of Schedule II controlled substances OR successfully completed the required pharmacological content for Schedule II controlled substances including risks of addiction associated with their use in a board-approved nurse practitioner program.

The Board of Registered Nursing requires a minimum 3-hour approved continuing education course or minimum 3-hour Schedule II pharmacology content in a board approved NP educational program. The Board of Registered Nursing is required to verify each nurse practitioner’s completion of the required Schedule II controlled substance continuing education or NP educational program curriculum content.

1. Identify the relationship of the natural history of illness, disease or injury, pathophysiology, and symptomatology to pharmacotherapeutic agents commonly used to treat patients with conditions requiring the use of Schedule II controlled substances, including risks of addiction associated with the use of Schedule II controlled substances.

2. Analyze state laws and federal regulations pertaining to furnishing, dispensing, and administering Controlled Substances Schedule II through V medication by nurse practitioner.

3. Identify components necessary for proper techniques of prescription writing for Schedule II through V consistent with Health and Safety Code and Pharmacy law.

4. Outline the required components of a furnishing standardized procedure or protocol for schedule II and III controlled substance medication in a Patient-Specific Protocol in accord with Business and Professions Code, Section 2836.1. The nurse practitioners’ education, experience, and competence to furnish controlled substances must be included.

5. Describe ethical and legal standards and ramifications of prescribing controlled substances.