Inappropriate and/or excessive prescribing of controlled substances, including opioid painkillers, has been a top regulatory priority for NCMB for more than a decade. In recent years, as patient deaths from opioid poisoning have continued to rise, the Board has intensified its efforts on multiple fronts: investigation/enforcement, policy development and education/outreach.
NCMB recognizes that chronic pain is a legitimate medical issue and wants patients to receive safe and appropriate care. Encouraging appropriate prescribing is the Board’s primary objective with regard to opioids.
Find resources and information about NCMB programs to positively impact the opioid crisis below.
New! NCMB adopts CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
- New! Summary results of NCMB's Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative
- Read about NCMB's Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative (new investigative program)
- Clarifying some points about NCMB's Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative
- Coming to terms with opioid prescribing: Safe treatment is the goal
- Initial letter to prescribers about the Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative (SOPI) (April 2016)
- Follow-up letter to licensees (June 2016)
- SOPI selection criteria for investigation
- Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiative (SOPI) FAQs
- NC's prescription database (NC Controlled Substances Reporting System)
- NCMB licensees: Register for access to the NCCSRS
- Rule changes would require provider education in pain management
- Review proposed physician CME rule changes
- Review proposed physician assistant CME rule changes
Online CME opportunities
- NEW! Controlled Substance Prescribing: What Every Provider Needs to Know (NCMB-WakeAHEC developed webinar)
- SCOPE of Pain (Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Education) (Boston University)
- Pathways to Safer Opioid Use
- 2016 SAFE Opioid Prescribing: Strategies. Assessment. Fundamentals. Education. (expires July 2017)