Controlled Substances

The following drugs are controlled:

  • Buprenorphine (BUPRENEX®)
  • Butorphanol (STADOL®)
  • Diazepam (VALIUM®)
  • Euthanasia solutions
  • Ketamine
  • Morphine
  • Pentobarbital
  • Sufentanil
  • Telazol

Controlled substances must be kept in a locked cabinet and forms indicating their use must be appropriately completed and filed.

How do I dispose of my controlled substance?

You may dispose of out-of-date, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances, including samples, by transferring them to “reverse distributors”,  a third party company who is authorized to receive such materials. These commercial operators are referred to as reverse distributors. Schedule I and schedule II controlled substances should be transferred via the DEA form 222, while schedule III–V substances may be transferred via invoice. The licensed researcher must maintain copies of the records documenting the transfer and disposal for a period of at least 2 years after disposal of a controlled substance. There is a charge for the use of a reverse distributor. The cost of waste disposal depends on the type and quantity of the substance. You may also try contacting the manufacturer to request authorization to return the controlled substances directly to them.

 

Who are the ‘reverse distributors’?

Reverse distributors (third party companies) are registered with DEA and are authorized to receive out-of-date, damaged, or otherwise unusable or unwanted controlled substances, including unwanted bulk controlled substances samples from DEA licensed researchers and dispose of the waste(s) by appropriate DEA procedures.

Some commonly used reverse distributors and their contact information is given below.

  1.  Sharps Compliance – 713-432-0300
    webpage http://www.sharpsinc.com/store/takeaway-medication-recovery-system-dea-pails
  2.  Inmar – 817-868-5300
  3.  National Pharmaceutical returns – 800-770-4725

For more information on controlled substance please visit https://www.unthsc.edu/safety/biosafety/controlled-substances/

This page was last modified on January 18, 2018