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Theft/Loss Reporting

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Only those persons registered with DEA to handle controlled substances may utilize this form.

Federal regulations require that registrants notify the DEA Field Division Office in their area, in writing, of the theft or significant loss of any controlled substance within one business day of discovery of such loss or theft. The registrant shall also complete and submit to the Field Division Office in their area, DEA Form 106, "Report of Theft or Loss of Controlled Substances" regarding the theft or loss. (21 C.F.R. § 1301.76(b))

DEA controlled substance registrants are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the DEA Form 106 online. In addition to being more convenient, completing the form online results in fewer errors. A link to the online DEA Form 106 is provided below.

In order to better track controlled substances reported as lost or stolen, DEA has incorporated use of the National Drug Code (NDC) number in the DEA Form 106. The NDC number identifies the manufacturer, product, dosage form, and package size. Entry of the NDC number will prompt the system to auto-populate additional fields such as the name of the product, dosage form, dosage strength, and quantity per container.

If a registrant does not have internet access, a paper copy of the DEA-106 form can be requested by writing to:

Drug Enforcement Administration
Attn: Regulatory Section/DRG
8701 Morrissette Drive
Springfield, VA 22152

For more information regarding reporting theft or loss of controlled substances, see the Federal Register Notice – "Reports by Registrants of Theft or Significant Loss of Controlled Substances."

DEA Form 106 Online

Data will be entered through a secure connection to the online application system. Your web browser must support 128-bit encryption. If you have questions regarding the electronic submission of the DEA Form-106, please contact DEA Call Center 1-800-882-9539.

Theft/Loss Reports for 2014-2016

NOTE: DEA's Pharmacy Burglary and Armed Robbery data that is shown in the maps below is a reflection of information reported under the regulatory requirement to report thefts and losses of controlled substances (21 CFR ยง1301.74 and 1301.76). There is no requirement to report ultimate recovery of these drugs.

CAUTION should be exercised in drawing conclusions from this data. Material reported as a theft or loss does not necessarily equate to illicit use.

Privacy Act Information for DEA Form 106

Authority: Section 301 of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (PL-513).
Purpose: Report theft or loss of Controlled Substances.
Routine Uses: The Controlled Substances Act authorizes the production of special reports required for statistical and analytical purposes. Disclosures of information from this system are made to the following categories of users for the purposes stated:
  1. Other Federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies for law enforcement and regulatory purposes.
  2. State and local law enforcement and regulatory agencies for law enforcement and regulatory purposes.
Effect: Failure to report theft or loss of controlled substances may result in penalties under Section 402 and 403 of the Controlled Substances Act.

Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to the Records Management Section, Drug Enforcement Administration, Washington, D.C. 20537; and to the Office of Management and Budget, Washington, D.C. 20503.

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