DEA Matters

Chapman Law Group frequently represents DEA registrants across the country with matters such as:

Our attorneys assist DEA registrants with both criminal actions and disciplinary actions for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) and other DEA regulations. In recent years, the DEA has increased investigations into pain clinics and other prescribers of controlled substances. This has resulted in an increased number of criminal actions against practitioners for alleged violations of the CSA and similar state statutes. Our attorneys have defended physicians across the country who were accused of crimes regarding controlled substances. Our cases include 100+ count indictments for drug trafficking, some of which were publicized cases.

In addition to criminal defense, our attorneys also help practitioners obtain DEA registrations. We have successfully helped registrants obtain DEA registrations following suspension of their registration by the DEA. We have also helped practitioners who previously surrendered their registration, obtain an active DEA registration. Our attorneys have also helped applicants with criminal convictions and prior disciplinary actions obtain a DEA registration.  Our clients include:

  • Physicians
  • Mid-levels
  • Pharmacies
  • Dentists
  • Veterinarians
  • Narcotic Treatment Programs

We also assist practitioners and their practice with routine DEA audits, and investigations into violations of the Controlled Substances Act. While some audits are routine audits to ensure compliance with the CSA, others are investigations into alleged wrongdoing. Both audits can result in criminal action against the DEA registrant. Our attorneys have provided onsite assistance to DEA registrants across the country to ensure their rights and practice are protected during a DEA inspection. Our clients include practitioners from Michigan, Texas, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Arizona, New York, Ohio, Washington, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Idaho and other states.

Our attorneys frequently speak and publish on topics related to the DEA and CSA. Our goal is to help practitioners avoid criminal and disciplinary action. However, in the event that a practitioner faces action by the DEA, we aggressively defend the provider against actions that that threaten their DEA registration, freedom, license, and ability to practice.

Our Publications on DEA Topics

  • Chapman II, Ronald. Interview with Rich Lord and Maia Silber. DEA Is Cracking Down On Physicians Who Overprescribe Pills.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Aug. 12, 2016.
  • Barone, Patrick & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Criminal Accusations Cause Health Care Professionals to Face Potentially Debilitating Collateral Consequences.” State Appellate Defender Office, Criminal Defense Newsletter, June, 2016.
  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “Physician’s Guide to DEA Administrative Inspections.”Pain Medicine News, Apr. 18, 2016.
  • Top 10 Tips for Physician to Avoid Prosecution for Over-Prescribing, AVVO 2015
  • Chapman, Ronald & Chapman, Ronald, II. “When Prescribing Controlled Substances Becomes Drug Trafficking.” Pain Medicine News, Aug. 2015: 48-51.
  • A Physicians Guide to Avoid Unlawful Prescribing or Dispensing, Sep. 18, 2014

Our Speaking Engagements on DEA Topics

  • Continuing education seminar for pharmacists on “How To Prepare And Respond To State And DEA Inspections and Medicaid Audits“, Florida Pharmacy Association Regulatory and Law Conference. December 3, 2016.
  • “Evidence-Based Best Practice for Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring: Medicolegal Pain Management Expert Symposium”, International Conference on Opioids, Journal of Opioid Management, Harvard Medical School, June 6, 2016.
  • “Responsible Opioid Prescribing and Monitoring for Pain Management: Evidence-Based Best Practice”, Michigan State Medical Society’s 150th Annual Scientific Meeting. October 23, 2015. Audio of seminar

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