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Just Days Away - Comply with Mandatory Narcotic Coursework for Prescribers

June 28, 2017 9:25 AM | Anonymous

Complying with Mandate

Physicians with a valid DEA number and medical residents prescribing under a hospital or facility DEA number must complete and attest to a mandatory 3-hour training course covering pain management, palliative care and addiction by July 1, 2017 and every three years thereafter.

Instructions on How to Attest

Use the Narcotic Education Attestation Tracker (NEAT) in the Health Commerce System.

You must attest to your own completion of the course work or training and notify the New York State Department of Health that you have completed the educational requirement by submitting an online attestation through NEAT.

For medical residents who are authorized to prescribe under a facility's DEA registration number, the facility must make such attestation.

Applicable Coursework

For the initial attestation deadline of July 1, 2017, applicable course work or training completed from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2017, is permissible to satisfy the requirement. For each and every subsequent attestation period, course work or training must be completed during the applicable attestation period.

Prescribers can get their training through any course that has been approved by the DOH.

Available Option

The DOH is offering a free online-accredited course through The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Registration is available online through the Opioid Prescriber Training Program

Additional Information

Additional information about the law can be found here on the DOH website.


Prescribers licensed on or after July 1, 2017, who have a DEA registration, as well as medical residents authorized to prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration, shall complete the course work or training within one year of registration, and once within each three-year period thereafter.

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