DEA Controlled Substance Prescriptions: Legitimate or Fraudulent? (2022 Update - CE Available)

Completion of this course by itself does not meet all the ACPE requirements for CE credit. Learners who desire ACPE credit must also pass the CE Mastery Exam and complete the Course Evaluation.

The responsibility of properly handling controlled substance prescriptions, as well as ensuring the accuracy and legitimacy of what is filled, can be daunting for the pharmacist and pharmacy technician.

The goal of DEA Controlled Substance Prescriptions: Legitimate or Fraudulent? is to teach learners regulations governing who is entitled to issue and fill controlled substance prescriptions and under what conditions. Using this information, learners will also be able to identify whether a prescription is legitimate or fraudulent.

Learners who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify who is entitled to fill a controlled substance prescription
  • Identify who is entitled to issue a controlled substance prescription and the purpose and manner of such issuance
  • Describe the requirements of controlled substance prescriptions
  • Tell the difference between a legitimate and a fraudulent controlled substance prescription using the information given in the course
About the Authors

The program was developed by Christopher Grush and Scott Kurtz, partners in the Drug Education and Compliance Group (DECG) specializing in pharmaceutical matters. Mr. Grush holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Mr. Kurtz holds a Bachelor of Science degree.

Authors Disclosure

The authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research, or services may be discussed in this study. There is no discussion of investigational or unlabeled uses of a product.


The contents neither constitute nor are they offered as legal advice or counsel or as representing official DEA positions or opinions. Only the DEA can provide an official position or opinion. All products and trademarks depicted herein are registered to their respective owners.

Accreditation Statement

ACPE Conduent Business Services, LLC. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.
Target Audience

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

Activity Type: Knowledge-based

Fee: $15.95*

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  • 0296-9999-22-007-H03-P
  • 0296-9999-22-007-H03-T

Credit: 0.5 contact hour (0.05 CEUs)

Release Date – 05/05/2022

Expiration Date – 05/05/2025

No credit will be given for examinations received after this date.

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There is no financial support for this activity.

Instructions for Receiving CE Credit

After reviewing the course, complete the Participant Assessment and the Evaluation. Instructions on how to receive your statement of credit are available upon completion of the assessment and evaluation.

To receive 0.5 hours (0.05 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education in all states that recognize the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as an approved provider, you must obtain a score of at least 70% on this assessment. After passing the assessment you can view and print your statement of credit online.

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Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE# 0296-9999-22-007-H03-P 0.05 CEUs May 05, 2022 - May 05, 2025
ACPE# 0296-9999-22-007-H03-T 0.05 CEUs May 05, 2022 - May 05, 2025