The California Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) was certified for statewide use by the Department of Justice on April 2, 2018. Therefore, the mandate to consult CURES prior to prescribing, ordering, administering, or furnishing a Schedule II-IV controlled substance became effective on October 2, 2018. For more information regarding this change, visit


New Education Requirement

The Florida Board of Medicine now requires each prescribing practitioner licensed in Florida and registered with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency, to take a Board-approved continuing education course, unless the practitioner is already required to complete such a course under his or her practice act. The course applying to the first renewal date must be completed by January 31, 2019, and at each subsequent licensure renewal. For more information, go to:

Website Providing Information on New Prescribing Laws

The Florida Department of Health has a launched an informational website providing basic information pertaining to the Controlled Substances Bill and the upcoming changes for prescribers and dispensers, which was effective July 1, 2018. The law establishes prescribing limits, requires continuing education on controlled substance prescribing, and expands the required use of Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. For more information, please visit


New Jersey has enacted a new law that strengthens the Duty to Warn and Protect. This is part of a law that limits access to firearms by persons who pose a threat to themselves or others. This law impacts all licensed healthcare professionals, and requires all mental health professionals in New Jersey to always call authorities, when a suicide threat or a threat against another person is made. Specifically, licensed healthcare professionals must call either the chief law enforcement officer of the patient’s local police department or the Superintendent of the State Police if the patient resides in a municipality that does not have a full time police department. The law can be found at: Additional information can be found at: