Guidance on Satisfying New DEA Training Requirements

**UPDATE: It has been determined that past 1-hour state mandated proper prescribing lectures approved by the OSBOE should count towards the new 8-hour requirement. The OOA also anticipates offering 4-5 hours of qualifying CME out of our program at the upcoming Annual Convention (more information/register here).**

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced a new requirement that all DEA-registered providers take 8 hours of continuing education on treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. This is a one-time training requirement: once you have completed the training, you will not be required to undergo the training for future DEA permit renewals. Beginning June 27, 2023, you will be required to check a box on the registration form at renewal or initial registration, affirming the completion of the new training requirement. If you do not have a DEA number, this requirement does not pertain to you.

If you have graduated from OSU within the last 5 years you have already met this requirement by completing your medical school course work on management of patients with opioids, because OSU provides an entire semester course on opioids and addiction. Other medical schools may offer/have offered similar course work, which must include at least eight hours of training on: 1) Treating and managing patients with opioid or other substance use disorders, including the appropriate clinical use of all drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of a substance use disorder; or 2) Safe pharmacological management of dental pain and screening, brief intervention, and referral for appropriate treatment of patients with or at risk of developing opioid and other substance use disorders. We recommend contacting your medical school to determine if your course work met this requirement.

Additionally, all practitioners certified in addictions medicine or addiction psychiatry from the ABMS, ABAM, or AOA have already met this requirement. If you do not fall into either of these categories, you must receive 8 hours of training, which may include the following education types:

  • The training does not have to occur in one session. It can be cumulative across multiple sessions that equal eight hours of training.
  • Past trainings on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders can count towards a practitioner meeting this requirement. In other words, if you received a relevant training from one of the groups listed here, prior to the enactment of this new training obligation on December 29, 2022, that training counts towards the eight-hour requirement: MATE_Training_Letter_Final.pdf (
  • Past DATA-Waived trainings count towards a DEA registrant’s 8-hour training requirement.
  •  Trainings can occur in a variety of formats, including classroom settings, seminars at professional society meetings, or virtual offerings.


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