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Important Alert: New DEA Training Requirement

Effective June 27, 2023, any Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioner (except for veterinarians) must complete eight (8) hours of training on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. This is a one-time requirement.

Practitioners who are board certified in addiction medicine or addiction psychiatry from the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Addiction Medicine, or the American Osteopathic Association are deemed to have already satisfied this training and are exempt from the new DEA training requirement.  

The deadline for meeting this new training requirement is the date of the practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission—regardless of whether it is an initial registration or a renewal registration—on or after June 27, 2023.

For physicians who have not completed the required training, online continuing medical education (CME) courses are available through accredited providers. The American Medical Association (AMA) offers several courses, some free of charge, that are available through the AMA Ed Hub™ at

Please visit to review the DEA information letter for additional details.