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Controlled Substances Database Requirements

System Requirements

In order to access the controlled substances database you must have the following:

  • Internet access with Internet Explorer (version 6.0 or above)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or above)
  • A computer from which you can print
  • A working e-mail address

Access

Under Alabama law only the following persons or entities are allowed access to the controlled substances database. Access is controlled by ADPH through careful identity and credential check.

  • Authorized representatives of the certifying boards for an investigation of a licensee
  • A licensed practitioner for information concerning a current or prospective patient
  • A licensed physician assistant for information concerning a current or prospective patient
  • A licensed pharmacist for information related to the patient or prescriber of a controlled substance prescription presented to be filled
  • State and local law enforcement authorities as authorized under Section 20-2-91
  • Federal law enforcement authorities to access prescription information

Penalty For Misuse of the Data System

Any person who intentionally makes an unauthorized disclosure of information contained in the controlled substances prescription database shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Any person or entity who intentionally obtains unauthorized access to or who alters or destroys information contained in the controlled substances database shall be guilty of a Class C felony. (Act 2004-443, p. 781, 7.)

The reports generated from the controlled substances database contain confidential information, including patient identifiers, and are not public records. The information should not be provided to any other persons or entity.

If you are having problems accessing or using the database, call the Technical Support Desk at 1-800-225-6998.


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