Controlled Substances Diversion Prevention Essentials is an ACPE-accredited CE program that provides advanced training on controlled substances diversion prevention for the CPhT. Comprised of 4 separate modules, this program is accredited for 5.0 contact hours of ACPE-accredited continuing education.

Learning Objectives: At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define diversion and list motivating and contributory factors
  • Explain the consequences of drug diversion 
  • Describe the factors contributing to impairment and signs associated with impaired health care workers
  • Outline the effects of impairment on society
  • Identify methods to detect, prevent and respond to drug diversion
  • List areas of diversion vulnerability in procurement, preparation and dispensing, prescribing, administration, and waste/removal processes
  • Outline the elements of a comprehensive and effective controlled substances diversion prevention program (CSDPP)
  • Outline the types and functions of security control measures, devices, and software to detect and prevent diversion (e.g., locking storage, cameras, ADCs, analytics software)
  • Identify high risk areas of the pharmacy (e.g., anesthesia area, CS vault, IV room, will call, receiving)
  • Describe chain of custody methods (e.g., regulation of access control, presence of witnesses for signing delivery sheets, use of tamper-evident containers)
  • Define controlled substance
  • Explain the laws related to controlled substances
  • List the regulatory agencies related to controlled substances
  • Identify the DEA requirement and forms
  • Perform the validation processes of DEA numbers
  • Define DEA Controlled Substance Ordering System (CSOS)
  • Outline efforts to prevent drug diversion in pharmacy
  • List the steps of selling BTC medication
  • Explain controlled substances diversion in pharmacy practice.
  • Identify risk points and methods of diversion.
  • Recognize signs of product alteration or tampering
  • Outline surveillance practices, recommendations and resources to identify and investigate potential diversion.
  • List signs of and methods to detect fraudulent prescriptions.

Accreditation Information: The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education. This CPE activity has been designated as a knowledge-based program. No faculty members had any conflicts of interest to disclose.

ACPE UAN: 0384-9999-20-305-H03-T 

5 contact hours/ 0.5 CEU

Release Date: 10-01-2020 Expiration Date: 10-01-2023

Curriculum Outline

  An Overview of Controlled Substances Diversion
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  Prevention of Controlled Substances Diversion
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  Controlled Substances & DEA Requirements
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  Fundamentals of Diversion Surveillance & Investigation
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  Practice Test
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  Certificate Request
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Please note: Participants who complete this program must review and consult with their individual State Board of Pharmacy and employer to verify eligibility to complete controlled substances diversion prevention and ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.


All purchases are non-refundable and non-transferrable.