DEA Investigations and Health Care Practitioners
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is the federal agency granted statutory authority under the federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. Under the auspices of the Act, the DEA has the responsibility to control the distribution of controlled substances. Controlled substances include opiates and opioids (morphine, codeine, hydromorphone/Dilaudid, hydrocodone, Fentanyl); benzodiazepines (alprazolam/Xanax, lorazepam/Ativan, diazepam/Valium, midazolam/Versed); amphetamines (Ritalin and Adderall); and certain other drugs like carisoprodol/Soma and Ambien.
The DEA manages controlled substances by registering healthcare practitioners who dispense them. Practitioners who require DEA registration include physicians, mid-levels such as physician assistants (PAs) and advance practice nurses (NPs etc.), dentists, veterinarians, and pharmacies.
Health care practitioners typically need the services of an attorney when dealing with the DEA when they’re seeking an initial registration, when they’re the subject of an investigation and have been issued a show cause order, or when they’re the target of a surprise inspection usually leading to a request for voluntary surrender. The DEA investigation attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC have had substantial experience in dealing with all aspects of the DEA process. If you have been the target of a Drug Enforcement Agency inspection or have been requested to voluntarily surrender your controlled substance registration, call one of the DEA lawyers at the Leichter Law Firm PC today at (512) 495-9995 for a free consultation.
To inspect the premises, the DEA and their agents usually need an administrative warrant or inspection notice. Unfortunately, this procedure is not always properly observed and DEA agents often intimidate registration holders into letting them enter the premises and conduct an inspection without such legal authority. After an inspection, the DEA will usually “request” that the licensee surrender their controlled substance registration. The licensee, who does not know their rights under the Act, will feel pressured into giving up their controlled substance registration. It is ill advised for registration holders to surrender their DEA controlled substance registrations without consulting an attorney. Oftentimes the violation does not merit surrender and can be resolved through a negotiated settlement. Moreover, a voluntary surrender of the DEA controlled substance registration would have adverse effects on your Texas Department of Public Safety (Tex DPS) controlled substance registration.
Contact a Texas DEA Lawyer Today
If you have been involved with an inspection with the DEA and have been “requested” to surrender your controlled substance registration, help is available. Contact one of the Texas DEA attorneys at the Leichter Law Firm PC today for a free consultation by calling (512) 495-9995.