Controlled Substances and Dangerous Drugs


Controlled Substances are drugs for which there is a potential for abuse/addiction. Controlled Substances are divided into Schedules I-V depending on their medicinal value and potential for abuse. 

Different legal and policy requirements apply to investigators performing research using controlled substances and to health care and veterinary practitioners using controlled substances to provide care to patients/clients.

The Policy for Research Use of Controlled Substances at Emory University governs investigators who are performing research using Controlled Substances, while practitioner licensing requirements and health care facility policies govern medical/veterinary practice use of Controlled Substances.

Review our FAQs page for a review of State and Federal Requirements regarding the applicable laws/regulations and Controlled Substances Policy.

Use this template SOP for the management of controlled substances schedule I.

Find a copy of the DEA Researchers Manual here.

The Georgia Code calls prescription drugs that are not Controlled Substances by the name Dangerous Drugs. Dangerous Drugs are available only by prescription from a licensed health care professional or those authorized by the state of Georgia. There are requirements associated with using Dangerous Drugs, including permit requirements through the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. View instructions to access the full list of what Georgia considers Dangerous Drugs (PDF) and follow the instructions under number 2. Some common examples are Isoflurane, Meloxicam, and Sterile Saline.

The Policy for Research Use of Dangerous Drugs, including Prescription Drugs, governs researchers performing non-human research using prescription drugs that state and federal authorities have not classified as controlled substances.

Review our FAQs page for a review of State and Federal Requirements regarding use of Dangerous Drugs in animal or bench research.