Controlled Substances & Dangerous Drugs


DEA Announcement Regarding Registration Renewals

DEA has announced that starting January 1, 2017, only one renewal notification will be sent to the registrant. Additionally, renewal applications must be received no later than the current license expiration date. If you allow your license to expire, a new application must be submitted. Late renewal applications will not be accepted by the DEA.

This notice affects both Researchers (renewal form 225a) and Practitioners (renewal form 224a). The notice, “Change in DEA Registration Application Renewal Notification Reminder”, can be viewed at:

Controlled Substances

Controlled Substances are drugs for which there is a potential for abuse/addiction. Controlled Substances are divided into Schedules I-V depending on their medicinal value and potential for abuse. A general list of Controlled Substances as definied by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is available here. Individual states can include additional substances as Controlled Substances over and above substances on the DEA list. Here are links to the lists of Georgia Code Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, and Schedule V Controlled Substances.

Different legal and policy requirements apply to investigators who are performing research using controlled substances and to health care and veterinary practitioners using controlled substances to provide care to patients/clients.

The Policy for Research Use of Controlled Substances at Emory University governs investigators who are performing research using Controlled Substances, while practitioner licensing requirements, health care facility policies govern medical/veterinary practice use of Controlled Substances.

Frequently Asked Questions: Click this link for a review of State and Federal Requirements regarding the applicable laws/regulations and Controlled Substances Policy.

Dangerous Drugs

The Georgia Code calls prescription drugs that are not Controlled Substances by the name Dangerous Drugs. Dangerous Drugs are those that are available only by prescription from a licensed health care professional or those authorized by the state of Georgia. There are requirements associated with the use of Dangerous Drugs including permit requirements through the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. For instructions to access the full list of what Georgia considers Dangerous Drugs click here and follow the instructions under number 2. Some common examples are Isoflurane, Meloxicam, and Sterile Saline.

The Policy for Research Use of Dangerous Drugs, including Prescription Drugs governs researchers who are performing non-human research using prescription drugs that state and federal authorities have not classified as controlled substances.

Frequently Asked Questions: Click this link for a review of State and Federal Requirements regarding use of Dangerous Drugs in animal or bench research.

If you have a question about Dangerous drugs or would like to discuss one of the FAQs, please contact us at (404) 727-2398 or