Risk Management Services

A Unit of the Business Affairs Division

Controlled Substances

Some researchers at the University of Arizona work with controlled substances that are regulated by the Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA).  Users of controlled substances must obtain advance authorization, and comply with applicable regulations for purchase, use, storage, tracking and disposal of these materials.  A significant goal of this regulatory program is to prevent the diversion of controlled substances for illegal use, and maintain a compliance structure to allow continued access for University research purposes.  Additional, proper management of controlled substances also serves to prevent the detrimental effects of improperly disposed pharmaceuticals in the environment.  Researchers proposing use of controlled substances must obtain advance authorization from Procurement & Contracting Services (PACS). 

A key component of the regulatory framework for controlled substance is disposal at a DEA approved facility.  Risk Management Services will arrange appropriate collection and disposal of unused, unwanted or expired controlled substances that cannot be returned to the sponsoring organization.  Non-scheduled pharmaceuticals can also be disposed of through this program.  Please contact Hazardous Waste Supervisor Jeff Christensen at 621-5861 or jgchrist@email.arizona.edu for the required forms if you need to dispose of controlled substances.