Diversion Control Division, US Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration

Narcotic Treatment Programs Best Practice Guideline



Personnel Issues

Question: Our program would like to hire an individual who had his DEA registration revoked for cause. If hired, this person would have access to controlled substances. Can our program hire this individual if his/her state license has been reinstated?

Answer: The program cannot employ anyone as an agent or employee who will have access to controlled substances if they have been convicted of a felony offense relating to controlled substances or, at any time, have had: (1) an application to obtain a DEA registration denied, (2) a DEA registration revoked, or (3) surrendered a DEA registration for cause.

"For cause" means a surrender in lieu of, or as a consequence of, any federal or state administrative, civil, or criminal action resulting from an investigation of the individual's handling of controlled substances. [21 CFR 1301.76(a)].

However, an employer may request a waiver to employ such an individual in a position that will include access to controlled substances. Such a request should be addressed to:
DEA, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Washington, D.C. 20537.

Question: Is there any in-service training for NTP staff members available through DEA?

Answer: Contact your local DEA diversion field office to determine if training is available (see Appendix D).

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