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Dear Licensee: On June 27, 2014, Executive Order 01.01.2014.12 created a Governor’s Overdose Prevention Council (the “Council”), noting that many states, including Maryland, have seen a rising number of deaths caused by alcohol and drug overdoses in recent years. The Executive Order stated that certain boards  ̶  incooperation with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (“DHMH”)  ̶  “shall consider requiring education among medical professionals on appropriate opioid prescribing and access to addiction treatment services.” In a letter to the Board of Physicians (the “Board”), Governor Martin O’Malley requested that the Board mandate, for each renewal cycle, that its licensees take at least one hour of continuing education dedicated to appropriate pain medication management and at least one hour of education to understanding substance use disorders’ treatment resources in Maryland. On July 30, 2014, the Board voted to approve various courses regarding pain management, substance abuse, and addiction.  Next, a chart of these approved courses was sent to the Secretary of DHMH for review.  Following approval by the Secretary, in August 2014, the Board posted the chart on its Web site. On October 29, 2014, the Board voted, based on the Executive Order and the bona fide public health crisis, to mandate that one continuing medical education (credit hour) per renewal cycle be dedicated to opioid prescribing.  The Board also voted that the approval is subject to review in two years. The chart of the approved courses to fulfill this mandate is updated periodically; the latest version can be accessed by clicking on the following link:    disorders treatment resources as a part of the CDS (Controlled Dangerous Substance) registration requirements.  DDC expects to implement this requirement in Spring 2015.  DDC will be mailing information to all CDS registrants in advance of the requirement becoming effective.  For more information, please contact the DDC at 410-764-2890. For more information regarding continuing medical education requirements, please refer to the Code of Maryland Regulations (“COMAR”) (for physicians) and (for physician assistants). Regards, Devinder Singh, M.D. Chair, Maryland Board of Physicians