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Advanced Pharmacology is an ever-changing field. Standard safety precautions must be followed, but as new research and clinical experience broaden our knowledge, changes in treatment and drug therapy may become necessary or appropriate. Readers are advised to check the most current product information provided by the manufacturer of each drug to be administered to verify the recommended dose, the method and duration of administration and contraindications. It is the responsibility of the licensed prescriber, relying on expertise and knowledge of the patient, to determine dosages and the best treatment for each individual patient. Neither Barkley & Associates nor any contributing authors assume any responsibility for any injury and/or damage to persons or property arising from this publication.

Controlled substances encompass a wide variety of medications from pain relievers to diet medications. An understanding of these drugs will help the Advanced Nurse Practitioner more safely treat patients in both the hospital and outpatient settings. In this presentation, controlled substances and their schedules will be described. Controlled substances including opiates, sedatives, stimulants, antidiarrheals, weight loss drugs, and anabolic hormones will be discussed with respect to their use, prescribing rules, and safety. Specific safety issues such as State and Federal laws regulating prescribing, risk evaluation mitigation strategies, prescription drug monitoring programs and methods to decrease diversion will be described. Methods for safe prescribing of controlled substances across the schedules will be a focus of this presentation. 

Learning Objectives—Prescribing Controlled Substances Safely
  • To identify general precautions associated with prescribing controlled substances.
  • To understand why agents are classified in each of the CS schedules, and how each schedule has rules affecting prescribing.
  • To acknowledge safe methods for prescribing these agents and be able to apply them in the practice setting for CS across the schedules.