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Opioid Training Rules

R 338.3135 Opioids and other controlled substances awareness training standards for prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances; requirements.

Rule 35. (1) Pursuant to section 7301 of the act, MCL 333.7301, an individual seeking a controlled substance license or who is licensed to prescribe or dispense controlled substances shall complete a 1-time training, offered after promulgation of this rule, in opioids and controlled substances awareness that meets the following standards:

  (a) Training content must cover all of the following topics:

    (i) Use of opioids and other controlled substances.
    (ii) Integration of treatments.
    (iii) Alternative treatments for pain management.
    (iv) Counseling patients on the effects and risks associated with using opioids and other controlled substances.
    (v) The stigma of addiction.
    (vi) Utilizing the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS).
    (vii) State and federal laws regarding prescribing and dispensing controlled substances.
    (viii) Security features and proper disposal requirements for prescriptions.

  (b) Topics covered under subrule (1)(a) of this rule may be obtained from more than 1 program.

  (c) Acceptable providers or methods of training include any of the following:

    (i) Training offered by a nationally recognized or state recognized health related organization.
    (ii) Training offered by, or in conjunction with, a state or federal agency.
    (iii) Training offered by a continuing education program or activity that is accepted by a licensing board established under article 15 of the act.
    (iv) Training obtained in an educational program that has been approved by a board established under article 15 of the act for initial licensure or registration, or by a college or university.

  (d) Acceptable modalities of training include any of the following:

    (i) Teleconference or webinar.
    (ii) Online presentation.
    (iii) Live presentation.
    (iv) Printed or electronic media.

(2) A prescriber or dispenser shall not delegate or order the prescribing, dispensing, or administering of a controlled substance as authorized by this act to an advanced practice registered nurse, registered professional nurse, or licensed practical nurse unless the nurse complies with this rule.

(3) The department may select and audit licensees and request documentation of proof of completion of training. If audited, an individual shall provide an acceptable proof of completion of training, including either of the following:

  (a) A completion certificate issued by the training provider that includes the date, provider name, name of training, and individual’s name.

  (b) A self-attestation by the individual that includes the date, provider name, name of training, and individual’s name.

(4) The requirements specified in this rule apply to controlled substance license renewals beginning with the first renewal cycle after the promulgation of this rule and for initial licenses issued after September 1, 2019.