The State of North Carolina established a Drug Control Unit (NC-DCU) in recognition that the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health concern and that controlled substances are essential to the effective care of patients suffering a variety of medical conditions and access to these drugs for legitimate purposes must be preserved. To these ends, North Carolina legislators passed three acts: NC Controlled Substances Act, NC Controlled Substances Reporting System Act, and the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act.
Because of their potential for abuse, controlled substances have specific regulatory requirements for their acquisition, storage, security, inventory, recordkeeping, disposal and importing or exporting. Rules and regulations apply to every person who manufactures, distributes, dispenses, or conducts research with any controlled substance. All controlled substances users shall fully comply with both North Carolina’s state and federal rules and regulations. For activities regulated by both state and federal agencies, the more stringent rule must be followed.
NC Controlled Substances Regulatory
The NC CSRS collects information on dispensed controlled substance prescriptions and makes this information available to prescribers and dispensers. The system is used as a clinical tool to improve patient care and safety while avoiding potential drug interactions and identifying individuals that may be in need of referral to substance use disorder services. In addition, prescribers can audit their personal controlled substances prescribing history.
NC Controlled Substances Reporting System
The Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act is the only exemption for use or possession of hemp extract in North Carolina. The hemp extract can only be used for treatment of a seizure disorder named intractable epilepsy. To register as a caregiver, hemp extract as a treatment must be recommended by a neurologist.
Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act