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NC Controlled Substances Reporting System

This statewide reporting system was established by microsoft imageNorth Carolina law to improve the state’s ability to identify people who abuse and misuse prescription drugs classified as Schedule II-V controlled substances (Defined). It is also meant to assist clinicians in identifying and referring for treatment patients misusing controlled substances. The NC Commission for, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services make rules and manage the program. (For details, go to the NC law.)

Program Goals

  • To identify and prevent diversion of prescribed controlled substances.
  • To reduce morbidity and mortality from unintentional drug overdoses. To reduce the costs associated with the misuse and abuse of controlled substances.
  • To assist clinicians in identifying and referring for treatment patients misusing controlled substances.
  • To reduce the cost for law enforcement of investigating cases of diversion and misuse.
  • To inform the public, including health care professionals, of the use and abuse trends related to prescription drugs.

Application for Access to the System

Please note that all applications must be notarized, whether from prescribers, dispensers or individuals requesting their own personal information. Everyone also must provide a photo ID with their application. Do NOT fax application. Mail applications to:

NC Controlled Substances Reporting System
3008 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-3008

Do's and Don'ts for Prescribers and Dispensers Using the NC Controlled Substances Reporting System (12/13)

Prescriber and Dispensers Application for Access to Database and Privacy Application Form | Instructions (12/12)

Individuals Requesting Their Own Personal Information Application (3/12)

NC PDMP Dispenser Implementation Guide (10/13)

Who Has Access to Information in the CSRS?

Information submitted through this reporting system is privileged, confidential and not considered a public record. Information may only be released under certain circumstances and to people authorized to receive the information. People authorized to get information from the system include:

  • Practitioners and dispensers of controlled substances for the purpose of providing medical care for their patients.
  • Special Agents of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation who are assigned to the Diversion & Environmental Crimes Unit.
  • Assigned special agents of the primary monitoring authorities for other states.
  • A court through to a lawful court order in a criminal action.
  • The Division of Medical Assistance (DMA).
  • Certain licensing boards. Information submitted through this reporting system is privileged, confidential and not considered a public record. Information may only be released under certain circumstances and to people authorized to receive the information.
  • Medical Examiners for the purpose of investigating the death of an individual.

Resources

Alliance of States with Prescription Monitoring Programs Phone: 360-556-7152

Guide for Dispensers to Report into the CSRS (5/12)

Penalties for Misuse of the CSRS

There are financial penalties for misusing the information. There are also financial penalties available to a person whose information is misused.

State Prescription Monitoring Programs in Surrounding States

Use the following links for contact information for other States’ programs to find out if and how you may obtain information from their programs (not all states have programs and rules vary from state to state).

 

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