Recent DEA regulations regarding controlled substances
This announcement has 2 attachments:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reclassified hydrocodone combination drugs such as Vicodin from Schedule III to Schedule II effective October 6.
- This is an issue in the 10 states where NPs currently cannot prescribe schedule II drugs - AL, AR, GA, LA, MO, OK, SC, TX (setting specific restriction), WV. (Recall that Florida does not allow any controlled substance prescribing by APRNs). See attached DEA schedule by state and provider
- ANA signed onto a comment letter from the American Optometric Association and other providers (attached)
- DEA final rule on Disposal of Controlled Substances will take effect on October 9.
- These regulations implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 and address the transfer, delivery, collection, destruction, return, and recall of controlled substances in an effort to prevent diversion and misuse.
- Regulations include new record keeping requirements and new standards for destruction.
- The American Hospital Association is asking DEA to delay implementation of the final rule to allow hospitals and other care settings time to comply with the new provisions and to revisit whether there are better, more practical ways to meet the DEA's objectives. ANA plans to sign on to the AHA letter.
Please let me know if you have questions or need more information.
Andrea Brassard, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP
Director, Health Policy
American Nurses Association