CURES and Opioid Pain Management

All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances were required to register in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by July 1, 2016, and must now have updated browsers to access the system. Dispensed controlled substance prescriptions are recorded in CURES, which allows prescribers to look up a patient's controlled substance current usage and past history.

2018 CDA House of Delegates adopts new opioid policy.

Achieve CURES 2.0 compliance. Register now at oag.ca.gov/cures.

CURES CDA Webinar
CDA hosted a webinar presented by the Department of Justice in 2016 to assist members with and answer their questions about the CURES 2.0 registration process.

Resources

CDA continues to promote best practices and compliance with state and federal laws regarding opioid pain management. Utilize this page to access helpful resources below:

CDA Resources
In September 2018, CDA published a special edition of the Update, CDA and Dentistry Working to Reduce Opioid Misuse and Abuse, describing the current environment of opioid misuse and CDA’s leadership on the issue.

CDA Practice Support has published Controlled Substances: Prescribing and Dispensing to help members stay in compliance with all laws and regulations related to controlled-substances prescribing and dispensing, and has developed informed consent forms in English and Spanish.

CDA Presents Courses
CDA has offered courses on the professional, legal and regulatory requirements for pain management and prescribing controlled substances at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry since September 2015, and continues to offer this course and related courses at its biannual education convention. Learn more about course offerings at CDA Presents.

CDA Journal March 2019 Issue
The March 2019 Journal of the California Dental Association discusses opioid misuse and provides important concepts of substance-abuse disorders, pain management and prescription medication diversion.

CDA Journal November 2015 Issue
The November 2015 Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on the science and practice of pain management in dentistry.

Substance Use Disorder Referral Resources

  • Search and Rescue, an online resource from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids that helps prescribers identify at-risk patients, prescribe responsibly and refer patients to evidence-based treatment.
  • Help for substance use disorders can be found by calling the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Helpline at 800.662.HELP (4357)  or on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website.

ADA Resources

Dental Board of California

DPA/CCR Statutes and Regulations
To ensure compliance with current California statutes and regulations, always refer to the California Dental Practice Act. Specifically:

Additional Resources

CURES and Opioid News
You're registered with CURES - now what?

03/08/2016
All prescribers in California with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registrations are required to register by July 1 to access California's prescription drug monitoring program, known as CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System). Here are some common questions and answers for dentists related to the use of CURES. Read more >>

 

CURES 2.0 enrollment now open to dentists

01/13/2016
All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by July 1 and have updated browsers to access the system. Dispensed controlled substance prescriptions are recorded in CURES, which allows prescribers to look up a patient's controlled substance current usage and past history. Read more >>

 

CURES enrollment deadline moved to July 1

10/19/2015
The CURES enrollment deadline for providers has officially been pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016. The change comes after the governor signed AB 679 (Allen). The bill was amended late in the legislative session due to concern that the most recent Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) update has fallen behind schedule. The CURES 2.0 was planned to be in use by July 1 of this year, yet the system is still not fully operational. The delay will give the Department of Justice (DOJ) time to finalize CURES 2.0 and for providers to enroll. Read more >>

 

CURES enrollment deadline expected to be pushed back

09/22/2015
The CURES enrollment deadline for providers will be pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016, if the governor signs a bill. The CURES 2.0 was planned to be in use by July 1 of this year, yet the system is still not fully operational. The delay will give the Department of Justice (DOJ) time to finalize CURES 2.0 and providers to enroll. Read more >>

 

What dentists need to know about new CURES system

08/25/2015
All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by Jan. 1, 2016. CDA Update staff asked the Department of Justice about the new CURES 2.0 system and what dentists should do to register and ensure their systems are compatible. Read more >>

 

Prescription drug database changes looming

07/28/2015
All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register for the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by Jan. 1, 2016. In addition, the Department of Justice and the Department of Consumer Affairs recently announced that a new CURES 2.0 went live on July 1. This upgraded prescription drug monitoring program features a variety of performance improvements and added functionality. Read more >>

 

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Teresa PichayTeresa Pichay  
Practice Analyst, Regulatory Compliance
916.554.5990

Mary McCuneMary McCune  
Regulatory Analyst/Advocate, Public Affairs
916.554.5359
CURES Regulatory Compliance Alert