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Controlled Substance Registrant Protection Act

  • By: Shawna M. Andersen, Meggan M. Bucossi & Gregory L. Stuart
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

A controlled substance is defined as a drug whose use and possession is regulated by law. Every pharmacy, hospital, drug distributor, and drug manufacturer, and various other individuals who work with drugs must register with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Controlled Substance Registrant. Controlled Substance Registrants are well known targets for drug theft. In an attempt to thwart this problem, the Controlled Substance Registrant Protection Act was passed by the U.S. Congress on May 31, 1984. This act was developed to nationally standardize and increase penalties for the robbery or theft of controlled substances from registrants, particularly pharmacists. Prior to the enforcement of the Controlled Substance Registrant Protection Act, the theft of controlled substances from pharmacists or hospitals was not considered to be ...

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