News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2003

The Myth of the "Chilling Effect"
Doctors Operating Within Bounds of Accepted Medical
Practice Have Nothing to Fear From DEA

Actions taken by DEA include: letters of admonition, informal hearings, civil penalties, voluntary surrenders of registration for cause, revocations of registrations, and arrests.
Actions taken by DEA include: letters of
admonition, informal hearings, civil penalties,
voluntary surrenders of registration for cause,
revocations of registrations, and arrests.

Diversion Investigations of Doctors - FY 2003 (1st-3rd quarters)-Revocations of Registration - 34 (7.71%), Civil Fines - 6 (1.36%), Administrative Hearings/MOUs - 21 (4.76%), Letters of Admonition - 22 (4.99%), Arrests - 34 (7.71%), Surrenders for Cause - 324 (73.47%)

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) statistics show that the vast majority of practitioners registered with DEA comply with the requirements of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and prescribe controlled substances in a responsible manner in treating their patients' medical needs.

One of the the missions of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Diversion Control Program (DCP), is to prevent, detect and investigate the diversion of legitimately manufactured controlled substances. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) requires doctors to become registered with DEA in order to prescribe, dispense or administer controlled drugs to their patients for legitimate medical reasons.

The DEA may initiate an investigation of a practitioner upon receipt of information of an alleged violation of the provisions of the CSA and may pursue sanctions against the practitioner based upon the facts determined from that investigation.

Since FY 1999 the DEA registrant population has continually increased reaching almost 1 million doctors (as of June 30, 2003). During this same time, DEA has pursued sanctions on less than one tenth of one percent of the registered doctors. The pie charts pictured put this in graphic perspective.

 

Total Number of Doctor Registrants
963,385
Percent of Doctor Registrants
Investigations of Doctors Initiated in FY 2003*
557
0.06%
Actions Taken Against Doctors in FY 2003*
441
0.05%
Arrests of Doctors in FY 2003*
34
0.01%
*partial year data

 

 

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