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:
- Who may prescribe controlled substances
- The concern about law enforcement’s effect on legitimate prescribing
- Electronic prescriptions of controlled substances
- Multiple prescriptions of Schedule II drugs
- Indian Health Manual Prescribing/Dispensing section
- Drug Enforcement Administration Pharmacist's Manual [PDF - 1.5 MB]
- Dispensing Controlled Substances for the Treatment of Pain,” DEA notice [PDF – 137KB]
- DEA Drug Scheduling
- DEA Office of Diversion Control
- PDMP Training and Technical Assistance Center
- IHS Risk Management site
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," [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? – testimony before the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the House Government Reform Committee 109th Cong. (2006)
Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration.
DEA, Drug Scheduling. Office of Diversion Control. Drug Enforcement Administration.