The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 established a uniform federal U.S. drug policy, system of registration, regulation involving manufacture and distribution of drugs, scheduling of drugs and system of forfeiture. Learn about the original act, its purpose and recent update.

History Of The Controlled Substances Act Of 1970

During the “War on Drugs,” the U.S. Government needed an improved system that regulated the manufacture, sale and distribution of narcotics. Those involved also sought to create and implement a scheduling system that listed all narcotics, steroids and some other substances according to the medicinal value, potential for harmfulness and potential for abuse and addiction to a specific drug.

At the time, existing laws often overlapped, and confusion likely existed regarding enforcement. President Richard Nixon appointed then-Attorney General John Mitchell to work on a single act that combined existing federal drug statutes. The result was the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.

What Is The Controlled Substances Act?

The announcement of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 simplified existing laws and implemented new ones. The “Catholic University of America (UCA)” lists the statutes in the act and explains each one. For example, 21CFR§1301.11 governs those required to register, including every individual involved in the manufacture, distribution, dispensing of, importing and exporting any controlled substance, as defined by the U.S. Government.

A-Plus Corporation, a pharmaceutical wholesaler and exporter, recognizes its responsibilities under federal law and is registered with both the California State Board of Pharmacy and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

All controlled substances are classified on one of five schedules. Schedule I drugs, for example, are those substances deemed a high risk for abuse, has no deemed medical value in the U.S. and a potential lack of safety for the specific substance. Hallucinogens, psychedelics, some opioids, and certain stimulants are examples of Schedule I controlled substances.

The Controlled Substances Act also defines requirements for recordkeeping, inventory controls and disposal of controlled substances.

1990 Forfeiture Update

Forfeiture under the initial Controlled Substances Act sometimes led to confusion. The “Uniform Law Commission” points out that the Controlled Substances Act amendment of 1990 expanded existing forfeiture laws.

The expanded scope of forfeiture allows for seizure of any property used in illegal activities.

The DEA has the authority to begin an investigation at any time regarding violations of the original statutes of 1970 or the 1990 amendments.

Controlled Substances Act and A-Plus Corporation

What does the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 mean for customers and clients of A-Plus Corporation? First, A-Plus Corp works only with healthcare professionals around the globe, including pharmacies, medical practices and hospitals.

As the world’s specialty pharmaceutical distributor of choice, A-Plus Corporation has the expertise to abide by all laws and regulations and provides only FDA-approved products.