• September 24, 2022
  • What is diversion?
  • Definition

    Drug diversion is "the illegal distribution or abuse of prescription drugs or their use for purposes not intended by the prescriber. [1] Prescription drug diversion may occur at any time as prescription drugs are distributed from the manufacturer to wholesale distributors, to pharmacies, or to the patient.[2] Members of the medical profession may also be involved in diverting prescription drugs for recreational purposes, relief of addictions, monetary gain, self-medication for pain or sleep, or to alleviate withdrawal symptoms."

    https://www.hhs.gov/guidance/sites/default/files/hhs-guidance-documents/DrugDiversionFS022316.pdf 

  • Types of diversion as it applies to Researcher Registrations

  • -  Theft

    -  Transporting substances to a new location without DEA approval 

    -  Forgery or doctoring records or usage logs

    -  Using material not for what was originally disclosed in the registration, this included other protocols or other locations

    - Material lost in transit or at receipt

  • What to do if you suspect unusual or excessive loss of material or theft?
  • Notify UCLA Controlled Substance Program aleiva@ehs.ucla.edu and report your loss 

    Report Unusual or Excessive Loss of Controlled Substances or Precursor (List 1 & 2)

    Individual Registrants are responsible for completing 

    DEA form 106 

    If you have your own DEA registration we will help you complete this form

    Federal regulations require that registrants notify the Field Division Office of the Administration in his area, in writing, of the theft or significant loss of any controlled substance, disposal receptacles or listed chemicals within one business day of discovery of such loss or theft. This is why it is important for you to notify us as soon as possible so we can assist you through this process. 
     
  • What is not considered suspect unusual or excessive loss of material or theft
  • Loss does not include a loss that can be explained such as:

    -  Material loss from hub waste

    -  Spills that can be documented and explained

    -  Material loss as part of synthesis or chemical reaction

    -  Waste

    If you are unsure contact us immediately with in the same business day.
  • What information will be needed to provide?
  • You will be asked to provide:

    -  Information on what occurred, to the best of your knowledge

    -  Police report number if available (if you do not have one do not worry) 

    Information about missing substance

    -  National Drug Code (NDC) or Chemical

    -  Quantity of the controlled substance being reported as a theft or loss.

    -  Each reported chemical must be reported in total milligrams (mg) or Kilograms (KG).

    -  Product form (i.e. liquid or powder)

    -  Total milliliters/milligrams (ml/mg); if tablet, enter the total count of tablets.