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Legal Considerations for Prescribers

Clinicians prescribing opioids or other controlled substances to their American Indian or Alaska Native patients should know their legal rights and responsibilities. The following pages provide basic information on:

Additional Resources


Indian Health Service. Office of Management Services. Indian Health Manual. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

"Dispensing Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain; Policy Statement," Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  [PDF - 140KB] Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 172 (September 6, 2006), pp. 52,716–52,723.

Prescription Drug Abuse: What Is Being Done to Address This New Drug Epidemic? Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  – testimony before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the House Government Reform Committee 109th Cong. (2006)

DEA, Drug Scheduling. Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  Office of Diversion Control. Drug Enforcement Administration.