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Dentists affected by natural disasters can maintain DEA registration

January 10, 2019

Dentists can still retain their DEA registration even if they lose their physical practice or there are other circumstances, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division.

The division has established a link for assistance for DEA registrants who suffered from a domestic or international disaster, such as a hurricane, earthquake, flood, tornado or typhoon, as well as for other health care providers who experienced nondisaster-related situations that warrant help from the DEA.

Dentists can request assistance with relocating a DEA registered address to a new location; the approval of a new address to dispense controlled substances; the destruction of controlled substances which have been damaged due to the disaster; questions concerning the destruction of damaged controlled substance inventory; a list of reverse distributors who can assist with the destruction of damaged controlled substances; assistance with obtaining controlled substances from a wholesaler; the transfer of an existing DEA registration number from an out-of-state location to the state where the disaster occurred; among other situations, by visiting

To expedite a request, email the following information to

  1. Email subject line: Domestic Request (or International Request)
  2. Registrant name
  3. Existing DEA registration number
  4. Name, telephone number and email address
  5. Specific and detailed information that describes what exact type of assistance is needed from the DEA must be included in the body of the email.

Any dentist who prescribes controlled substances in Schedules II, III, IV, or V must register with the DEA every three years. Registering with the DEA allows dentists to write patient prescriptions for various controlled substances, including narcotic analgesics, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. It also includes hydrocodone combination products, which were recently reclassified as Schedule II substances subject to tighter restrictions to help reduce diversion, misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers.

For more information about DEA registration, visit the ADA Center for Professional Success at and search for “DEA.”