Many prescription-controlled drugs are also used as research tools. Some fall under the aegis of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. For certain classes of these drugs, the purchase and use is tightly controlled, and requires permits and records of use per The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
DEA 21 CFR Chapter 13
Keys to Compliance for Supervisors
- If you choose to work with a drug or chemical which falls under the category of “controlled substance”, you will need to work with the EHS Chemical Hygiene Officer; information on Controlled Substances is available at the EHS web site under Laboratory Safety Guidelines.
- Links to registration information can be found at the EHS web site: www.ehs.indiana.edu/lab_safety.shtml
- Lists of controlled substances can also be found through links from the EHS website.
- Ongoing inventories of all controlled substances must be maintained, and records kept for two years.
- Records of dispensing all controlled substances must include the date the drug was dispensed, the amount dispensed, the names of the person dispensing the drug, and the name of the person receiving the drug.
- Depending on the type of drug and other factors, the substance may need to be kept in a securely locked cabinet, with limited access.
- Any shortage of or theft of the controlled substance must be reported immediately. Contact the EHS Chemical Hygiene Officer for assistance in this process.
Frequently asked Questions
Q. How do I know if a drug I wish to use if a “controlled substance”?
A. Drugs are identified by “schedules” in 21 CFR 1301-1308.
Q. What types of drugs are “controlled”?
A. Those that have a high potential for abuse, those that have no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and abuse of the drug may lead to psychological or physical dependence.