DEA controlled substance regulations

DEA compliance training

What are you unaware of when using veterinary controlled substances?

The DEA Drug Enforcement Agency with state regulators works with precision and tenacity to ensure that all controlled substance dealers from medical practitioners to veterinarians adhere to the norms set for controlled substance management. The chief concern is to stop the abuse and maintain accountability of drugs.

After the 2014 Veterinary Mobile Practice Act, veterinarians were allowed to carry controlled substance drugs to fields provided that they adhered to the regulations set by the DEA and the federal governments. Veterinarians were given the license to carry more than the required number of drugs to a location as veterinary practitioners were not always sure on how much drug would be required for purposes like euthanasia. This act came as a relief for practicing veterinarians as it was difficult to anticipate the amount of drug that was required if the veterinarian had to attend multiple calls, or several fields visit in a day. However, the DEA regulation for veterinary controlled substances only refers to veterinarians and not veterinary technicians when drugs are moved away from veterinary licensed locations. Some of the regulations stated in the veterinary controlled substance regulations may be confusing but learning about them explicitly will make the process of adhering to rules and guarding the controlled substance drugs more simplified.

While transferring the veterinary controlled substances, you may be questioned by DEA agents, even when you are off to attend an emergency. If the DEA license holder is found misusing the standard behavioral guidelines specified when dealing with controlled substances, both the federal state and the DEA can stop and question your intent. While transferring controlled substances from licensed DEA storage facilities to the field, the person involved should stick to norms that prescribe a format of intake, storage and disposal.

DEA is not in favor of veterinary technicians carrying the controlled substance drugs falling in schedule I-V. However, if the veterinarian requests and the state allow, then drugs can be transported by the technicians for euthanasia with transport permit papers and the euthanasia solution. If the technician is questioned at any point by DEA agents, the technician should be able to readily produce documents that suggest that the patient is in pain and is suffering. Transporting drugs outside the state lines where the veterinary practitioner does not hold license should be strictly avoided. You must be fully aware of the state rules when it comes to the transportation of drugs. Some state insists that even technicians must hold a controlled substance permit when they have the veterinary controlled substance drugs. The rules on controlled substances differ state-wise and whenever an interstate substance transfer takes place knowing and complying with the norms is mandatory.

All hospital services should be familiar with the rules of transporting drugs. This is just one part of the veterinarian-controlled substance rule. Many other complex rules need to be understood before dealing with controlled substances legally. Consulting with an ex-DEA security and law enforcement expert will help you gain a strong insight into where you could be going wrong with the DEA and state-imposed rules on veterinary controlled substances. Consult with for knowledge and safe practice.


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