Drug Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion for New Mexico Healthcare Professionals

All advanced practice nurses, including certified nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and clinical nurse specialists, with prescriptive authority practicing in New Mexico are required, by law, to complete five contact hours of continuing education on the subject of non-cancer pain management as part of the 15 hours of required pharmacology CE every 2 years. State-specific requirements include content related to CE rules developed by the New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBON). In order to satisfy this requirement, this state-specific course should be completed in combination with another course of at least four contact hours such as our course Current Concepts in Pain Management. The combination provides both general knowledge regarding pain management and New Mexico-specific content.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the provisions of NMAC 16.12.9 (Rule 9).
  2. Identify at least 3 factors that contributed to the rise of opioid use.
  3. Identify at least 5 patient addiction behaviors.
  4. Identify at least 5 additional healthcare professional addiction behaviors.
  5. Identify the 10 steps of Pain Management Universal Precautions.
  6. Discuss appropriate patient education regarding prescription drugs.
  7. Recognize at least 5 “Red Flags” as it relates to drug misuse and/or diversion.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Legal Requirements

Chapter 3: Naloxone

Chapter 4: Rise of Opioid Abuse

Chapter 5: Avenues for Abuse/Diversion

Chapter 6: Patient Addiction Behaviors

Chapter 7: Healthcare Addiction Behaviors

Chapter 8: The Addicted Nurse

Chapter 9: Pain Management Universal Precautions

Chapter 10: Patient Education

Chapter 11: DEA “Red Flags”

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $12.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Pamela Clark

Pamela Clark, CRNI, is an infusion nurse with the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. She has more than 35 years of experience in infusion therapy and infusion education with both licensed nurses and patients. Her experience spans multiple infusion settings including: acute care, long-term care, home infusion, and ambulatory infusion care. She also has experience in oncology and oncology research.

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