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H.R. 3889 (114th): Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 3, 2015 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 3889


November 3, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To require certain practitioners authorized to prescribe controlled substances to complete continuing education.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act.


Continuing education requirements for certain practitioners prescribing controlled substances

Section 303 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823) is amended—


in subsection (f), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking The Attorney General shall register and inserting Subject to subsection (i), the Attorney General shall register; and


by adding at the end the following:


In this subsection, the term covered practitioner means a practitioner that is not a hospital, pharmacy, or veterinarian.


As a condition of granting or renewing the registration of a covered practitioner under this part to dispense, or conduct research with, controlled substances in schedule II, III, IV, or V, the Attorney General shall require the covered practitioner to complete training (through classroom situations, seminars at professional society meetings, electronic communications, or otherwise) that the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines meets the requirements under paragraph (3).


The training provided for purposes of paragraph (2) shall, at a minimum, expose covered practitioners to—


best practices for pain management, including alternatives to prescribing controlled substances and other alternative therapies to decrease the use of opioids;


responsible prescribing of pain medications, as described in Federal prescriber guidelines for nonmalignant pain;


methods for diagnosing, treating, and managing a substance use disorder, including the use of medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration and evidence-based nonpharmacological therapies;


linking patients to evidence-based treatment for substance use disorders; and


tools to manage adherence and diversion of controlled substances, including prescription drug monitoring programs, drug screening, informed consent, overdose education, and the use of opioid overdose antagonists.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shall establish or support the establishment of not less than 1 training module that meets the requirements under paragraph (3) that is provided—


to any covered practitioner registered or applying for a registration under this part to dispense, or conduct research with, controlled substances in schedule II, III, IV, or V;


online; and


free of charge.


The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish, maintain, and periodically update a publically available database providing information relating to training modules that meet the requirements under paragraph (3).


Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall evaluate and make publically available a report describing how exposure to the training required under this subsection has changed prescribing patterns of controlled substances.