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Prescription Drug Control Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act: A Web of Administrative, Civil, and Criminal Law Controls

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Washington University Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law


This system of control seeks to limit the abuse of prescription medication in three ways through administrative, civil, and criminal restraints. First, it limits the quantity of prescription drugs that are produced each year. Annual quotas are established for the manufacture of controlled substances in Schedules I and II. Second, the system defines those situations in which such drugs can be legally prescribed or administered to persons in need. Third, the system attempts to deter individuals from obtaining such drugs from legitimate sources for other than legitimate needs.