Best Practices for Prescribing Opioids and Other Controlled Substances

During the 2019 session, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that requires individuals with licenses with the authority to prescribe controlled substances to obtain at least two hours of CME on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances.

To help physicians comply with this mandate, the MMA developed this online, self-assessment activity that includes content on best practices in prescribing opioids and controlled substances, as well as non-pharmacological and implantable device alternatives for treatment of pain and ongoing pain management.

In 2019, the MMA convened a nine-member advisory group made up of physicians across Minnesota, including experts in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, pain management, and primary care to develop the content.

Access/Purchase Activity Here 

  • Once the course is ordered, you will receive a confirmation email with an access link to course.
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  • Activity References
  • User Guide


  • Free – MMA Members
  • $60 – Non-members
Licensees are exempt from this requirement if they are participating in the Minnesota Department of Human Service's Opioid Prescribing Improvement Program ("OPIP"). For questions about participation in OPIP, please contact the Department of Human Services by email:

Questions on the activity?

  • Email the MMA.

Questions about the mandate and how to provide documentation of course completion?

Accreditation and Credit Statements:

The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Minnesota Medical Association designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other health care professionals (physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, etc.) who participate in this CME activity may submit their Certificates of Completion to the appropriate accrediting organization or state board for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


It is the policy of the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its CME activities. To comply with the Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the MMA requires members of the planning committee and faculty to disclose the existence of any financial interest or other relationship he/she and his/her spouse or partner has with companies whose health care products or services are discussed in an educational presentation. The requirement applies to relationships that are in place at the time of the CME activity or in the 12 months preceding the activity.

The members of the faculty and planning committee for these activities have indicated that they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose related to the content of the CME activities. Faculty members have declared that they will uphold the MMA’s standards regarding CME activities and that any clinical recommendations are based on the best available evidence or are consistent with generally accepted medical practice. Please indicate in the comments section of the evaluation form whether you detect any instances of bias toward products manufactured by commercial interests.


The information provided during this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s condition.