Many substances that are used for legitimate research purposes may otherwise be illegal. These substances are regulated by the Federal Controlled Substance Act and enforced the by Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The state of Illinois has further elaborated on this policy with their own Illinois Controlled Substance Act.
Northern Illinois University maintains strict compliance with federal and state guidelines regarding controlled substances. Our policy and procedures outline these regulations and what researchers must do to remain compliant.
Working with Controlled Substances
The DEA requires that all employees with access to controlled substances as a result of his or her status as an employee or agent of a DEA registrant complete a screening process to assess the likelihood of an employee committing a drug security breach.
Disposal of Controlled Substances
All disposals of controlled substances must be coordinated through ORCIS. Please contact James Gable to schedule disposal. In the event the amount is too large to personally destroy ORCIS will support the research community with shipment to a disposal facility.
Inventory of Controlled Substances
An inventory of controlled substances is also required. An annual inventory is recommended, but a bi-annual inventory is required. ORCIS has created a Sample Inventory for Registrants.
- NIU Controlled Substance Policy and Procedures
- NIU Record of DEA Form 222
- NIU Sample Controlled Substance Inventory Sheet
If you think these regulations currently apply to you and have not been contacted, or if you have any further questions, please contact James Gable, Laboratory Safety Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-2882.
& Research Integrity Officer
Lowden Hall, Room 301