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

Narcotic Treatment Programs Best Practice Guideline




Question: Our program would like to use a digital dialer for our alarm transmission to the central station. Is this permissible?

Answer: Digital dialers can easily be defeated and therefore are not usually acceptable as stand alone units. Any NTP wishing to modify their security should contact the local DEA Diversion Field Office (see Appendix D) for guidance prior to purchasing or installing any electronic security equipment.

Question: Should the alarm system be tested?

Answer: Yes. The system should be tested on a regular basis by testing the different sensors locally to make sure they are functioning and the sensitivity is appropriate. It is also recommended that, on a quarterly basis, the system be tested in conjunction with the central station. This is accomplished by notifying the alarm company that you are testing the alarm, and verifying that the central station received a signal from your location.

Question: Our hospital operates a small detoxification program within the hospital. Must we store the program's methadone in a burglary-resistant and alarmed safe? We normally stock less than 200 x 10 mg tablets.

Answer: DEA may exercise discretion regarding the degree of security required in addiction treatment programs based on such factors as the location of the program and the number of patients enrolled. [21 CFR 1301.74(l)]. Consult with your local DEA Diversion Field Office (see Appendix D) about specific security controls for your operation.

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