Mandatory Prescriber Education

Prescribers licensed in New York to treat humans and who have a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, are required to complete at least three (3) hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction. The course work or training must be completed once every three years, and an attestation confirming completion made to the Department.

Practitioners must notify the Department of Health that they have completed the educational requirements by submitting an attestation online.

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Prescribers can fulfill the mandate by completing a free, comprehensive course covering the eight required topic areas, sponsored by NYSDOH, from the University at Buffalo. The previous two-part program has been updated in 2023 into one comprehensive new program.

The complete course can be accessed at: Opioid Prescriber Education Program - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences - University at Buffalo.

Other course work may be available through prescribers' professional organizations.