In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s States Cooperative Agreement for Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention and North Carolina General Assembly Session Law 2015-241, Section 12F.16(m), the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has formed a Prescription Drug Abuse Advisory Committee which includes representation from a number of state agencies, including the NC Board of Podiatry Examiners (NCBPE). (Refer to the law http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H97v9.pdf, pages 172-3.)
NCBPE Board member Christine Wright, DPM, has been appointed to serve on this Advisory Committee. The role of the Advisory Committee is to develop and implement, through its members, a statewide strategic plan to combat the problem of prescription drug abuse. The Advisory Committee is strongly urging providers and dispensers of prescription drugs to participate in the North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting System (CSRS) and that health care regulatory licensing boards obtain the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) numbers from each of its licensees.
The Board of Podiatry Examiners will begin obtaining DEA numbers from its licensees in 2017; however, in the meantime, the Board strongly suggests its licensees register for the NC Controlled Substances Reporting System (also known as “RxSentry”).
INSTRUCTIONS TO REGISTER ARE ONLINE HERE:
Click on “Accessing RxSentry” in the left column marked “Contents.”
Then Click on “Request Access to RxSentry” and follow the directions.
This statewide reporting system was established by North Carolina law to improve the state’s ability to identify people who abuse and misuse prescription drugs classified as Schedule II-V controlled substances (Defined). It is also meant to assist clinicians in identifying and referring for treatment patients misusing controlled substances. The NC Commission for, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services make rules and manage the program. (For more information, please visit the NC General Assembly website for the Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 90, Article 5 of the NC General Statutes: