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Regulations of the Department of Public Health at 105 CMR 700.005 require every registrant to provide effective physical security controls against theft and diversion of controlled substances. Access to all controlled substances must be restricted to authorized personnel. In order to reduce the likelihood of diversion and enable timely identification of potential problems, hospitals and clinics must maintain strict accountability of controlled substances in Schedules II-V and an effective level of accountability for those controlled substances in Schedule VI. All controlled substances must be dispensed pursuant to a legal prescription or medication order.
All thefts or loss of controlled substances, whether confirmed or suspected, must be reported immediately upon discovery to the Department's Drug Control Program, pursuant to 105 CMR 700.005 and written policies of the Department.