West Virginia Drug Diversion

By Nursing CE Central

  • Text-Based CME
  • Jun 08, 2021 - Jun 08, 2024
  • Contact Hours : 3.5
  • USD 40.00


West Virginia Drug Diversion is organized by Nursing CE Central.

Course Created on: June 08, 2021
Course Expires on: June 08, 2024

Target Audience:
• Registered Nurses (RN)
• Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
• Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Course Overview:
In 2018, West Virginia had not only the highest opioid-related death rate in the nation, but also the highest synthetic opioid-related death rate (46). In 2019, West Virginia ranked in the top 10 for opioid dispensing rates, with a rate of 59.4 per 100 persons being prescribed an opioid (10), which is well above the national average of 46.7 per 100 (9). While this number has consistently decreased since 2006, the numbers of individuals in West Virginia affected by addiction and overdose remains high (30).  

In an effort to address these concerns, the West Virginia Board of Nursing requires annual education for nurses who prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances (45). This West Virginia Drug Diversion course will address issues concerning the opioid crisis, including best practices for prescribing controlled substances, managing patients who divert, behaviors associated with drug-seeking and substance use disorders, providing patient education on opioid use, storage, disposal, and reversal agents, as well as use of the West Virginia Controlled Substance Automated Prescription Program (CSAPP). 

Course Outline:
• Introduction 
• Epidemiology of Pain and Substance Use Disorder
• Pain
• Substance Use Disorder 
• Indications and Action
• Contraindications and Precautions
• Adverse Effects
• Toxicity 
• Pain Management Using Opioids
• Assessment
• Addiction Risk Assessment
• Treatment Options and Goals 
• Ongoing Monitoring
• Referrals
• Treatment Agreements and Informed Consent
• Discontinuing Opioid Therapy 
• Patient Education
• Safe Use of Opioids
• Proper Storage and Disposal
• Opioid Antagonists 
• Drug Seeking and Diversion
• Patients 
• Drug Diversion in Nursing 
• Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
• Use of CSAPP 
• Case Study  
• Summary 
• References

Course Objectives:
After completing this course, the learner will be able to:
• Identify best practices in the prescribing of controlled substances
• Identify behaviors associated with drug-seeking and substance use disorders
• Describe best practices for managing patients who display drug seeking behaviors and diversion. 
• Describe appropriate patient education related to use, storage, and proper disposal of opioid medications, administration of opioid reversal agents, and basics of substance abuse
• Discuss legal consideration when treating patients prescribed controlled substances. 


Registration Name Category Last Date Price
Course Fee Final Fee 08 Jun, 2024 USD 40.00


  • Drug Diversion
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for New Jersey and West Virginia
  • Opioids
  • Pain Management
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
  • Prescribing of controlled substances
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming
  • Risk Assessment
  • Substance Use Disorder
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Massachusetts and West Virginia
  • Opioid antagonist
  • Substance/Drug Abuse
    • Nursing: State Required Topic for Connecticut, Delaware, Nevada and Rhode Island

Credit Info

Accreditation Statement
Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss drug diversion, substance use, and patient education, as required by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. It will take the average learner 210 minutes to complete.

Accreditations + Approvals
• American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
• California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
• Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
• Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
• New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
• Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Total Credit(s)
  • Contact Hours : 3.5


  • Nursing
  • Psychiatry
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioners

Target Audience

  • Nursing
  • Nursing - RN
  • Nursing - LPN
  • Nursing - RN
  • Nurses

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