DEA Expands Access to Mobile Narcotic Treatment Programs

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on Monday, June 28, 2021, that it is lifting the 14-year moratorium on methadone dispensing vans operated by narcotic treatment programs (NTPs). This rule change, which took effect on July 28, 2021, will have a significant impact on the nation’s 1,700 DEA-registered and future methadone service providers. DEA will no longer require providers to obtain a separate registration in order to operate a mobile component and distribute controlled substances. Removing the dual-registration requirement will make it easier to supply treatment services to rural and underserved areas.

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