ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

DE: Substance Abuse, Chemical Dependency, and Drug Diversion

The Delaware Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations requires Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses to complete continuing education (CE) on substance abuse. Starting with your next renewal, at least three of your required contact hours must be in the area of substance abuse. (Section


This course fulfills the Delaware Board of Nursing's requirement for 3 units of coursework on substance abuse.

Sara Wilson, BA

She holds a BA in Classical Languages from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sara Wilson is a professional writer and editor working in textbook publishing on nursing and health professions as well as online course material and NCLEX test preparation; further, she edited computer science, college textbooks and monographs, religion books, and computer gaming entertainment.

  • Contact hours:
  • Pharmacotherapy hours: 3
  • Expiration date: October 1, 2019
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

Evidence-based information about the problem of chemical dependency in the workplace, warning signs of substance use disorder, drug diversion and controlled substances, including safeguards to prevent diversion, misuse, abuse, addiction, and overdose deaths.

ATrain Education, Inc. is an approved provider by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the 5 Schedules of medications under the Controlled Substances Act and give examples of each.
  • Compare and contrast acute and chronic pain and discuss the trends in treatment of chronic pain.
  • Identify the demographic of drug abusers in U.S. society and cite five groups from whom they may get drugs.
  • State 7 symptoms of drug withdrawal from opioids at and least 4 best practice recommendations by the Medical Society of Delaware.
  • Name 3 categories of risk factors for opioid abuse and addiction and demonstrate ability to create a treatment plan for an abuser.
  • Explain informed consent and name 5 elements set forth by the Federation of Medical Boards.
  • List the 7 assessment tools for monitoring ongoing opioid therapy.
  • State at least 5 precautions to follow when tapering the patient off of opioids.
  • Describe Delaware’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs) and explain drug take-back programs.

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