Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for 2.0 general recertification hours.


Program Details

  • Intended Audience: Pharmacists in all practice settings (this CPE is required by the Florida Board of Pharmacy for pharmacist license renewal).
  • Universal Activity Number: 0012-0000-23-009-H05-P
  • Contact Hours: 2.0 hours of ACPE continuing education
  • Program Fees:
    • Regular Registration: $25.00
    • UF Preceptor/Career Coach: $20.00
    • UF COP Faculty: $0.00 (Free!)
  • UAN Release Date: 2/20/2023
  • UAN Expiration Date: 2/20/2026
  • Activity Type: Knowledge
  • Program Support: No outside financial support was provided.
  • Format Type: This course is self-paced, fully online.
  • Time to Complete: All coursework must be completed within 24 weeks from the date of registration or before date of UAN expiration, 02/20/2026, whichever comes first. This course will no longer be eligible for CE credit after 02/20/2026.


Pharmacies have a critical role to play in safeguarding the nation’s healthcare system and ensuring proper use of controlled substances. In the face of the nation’s Opioid Epidemic, pharmacists must fulfill their professional obligations to exercise corresponding responsibility. The validation, dispensing, and counseling of controlled substances by pharmacists is a critical intervention point for resisting opioid misuse and ensuring safe and effective healthcare for the public.

This course is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy to fulfill the controlled substances licensure renewal requirements outlined in Rule 64B16-27.831(6).

Program Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Review laws and regulations related to prescribing, inventory records and dispensing of controlled substances to ensure patient access to pain management.
  • Describe professional judgment regarding assessment of prescriptions for appropriate therapeutic value.
  • Review and recognize proper use of E‐FORCSE® (Electronic‐Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation program).
  • Review corresponding responsibility tools available to pharmacists that help detect prescriptions not based on a legitimate purpose.

Program Overview

Program Material: Validation and Counseling for Controlled Substances and Opioids monograph (pdf) (provided digitally within the course)

Requirements for Successful Course Completion

In order to earn credit for this course, participants must read the Validation and Counseling of Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Opioids monograph and pass a final assessment with a score of 70% or higher. Two chances to pass the final assessment will be given. If a passing score is not earned by the second attempt, the participant must re-enroll in the course. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must complete a course evaluation form.

Course Access

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Click the blue “Log in to Continuing Education” button and enter your login credentials. You should then see your course on the Canvas dashboard or by clicking Courses>All Courses.

Disclosure Statement

The following speakers, reviewers, and planning committee members have disclosed that he/she has no relevant financial disclosures. No other speaker, reviewer, or planning committee member in a position to control content has any financial relationships to disclose.

Joseph Ladd, Pharm.D., BCPS
Contributing Clinical Writer
American Pharmacists’ Association
Pharmacy Today Magazine
Washington, DC

Priti N. Patel, Pharm.D., BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor/ Assistant Campus Director
College of Pharmacy, University of Florida

Additional Resources

Please review the resources below before registering for the course.

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The University of Florida College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.