TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
(DPS) - CONTROLLED
SUBSTANCES / PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM UPDATES:
♦ Prescription Access in Texas
[Posted 08/03/2012 @ 9:00 pm]
The Texas Department
of Public Safety, Regulatory Services Division formally
announced on Thursday, August 2, 2012, the release of the
Prescription Access in Texas (PAT). PAT is a secure online
prescription monitoring program, which will assist our Texas
health care and law enforcement professionals in quickly
identifying potential prescription drug abuse. PAT provides
controlled substance prescription dispensing history to
authorized medical practitioners, licensing board investigators
and law enforcement professionals. A communication specific to
our licenses announcing the release and how they can login and
register to access the tool can be found
♦ Hydrocodone - Schedule II.
[Posted 09/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm]
The Texas Department of
Public Safety (DPS) is informing Texans that hydrocodone
combination products (HCPs) have been moved from the
classification of a Schedule III drug to the more-restrictive
Schedule II drug, effective on Oct. 6, 2014. The U.S.
Drug Enforcement Administration’s rescheduling of HCPs as
Schedule II controlled substances will increase the restrictions
on prescribing and dispensing practices for hydrocodone
HCPs are drugs that contain both hydrocodone – which by itself is a
Schedule II drug – and specified amounts of other substances,
such as acetaminophen or aspirin. The federal Controlled
Substances Act places substances with accepted medical uses into
one of four schedules, with the substances with the highest
potential for harm and abuse being placed in Schedule II, and
substances with progressively less potential for harm and abuse
being placed in Schedules III through V. (Schedule I is
reserved for those controlled substances with no currently
accepted medical use and lack of accepted safety for use.)
HERE for additional information on the U.S. Drug Enforcement
HERE for the 09/05/2014 DPS Press Release.
HERE for the 08/21/2014 DEA Press Release.
HERE for a 09/12/2014 DPS
"Q&A Resulting from the Rescheduling of
[Posted 09/13/2014 @
Again, Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs) will be moving
from a Schedule III controlled substance to the more-restrictive
Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014. The U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration’s (DEA) rescheduling of HCPs as Schedule II will
increase restrictions on prescribing and dispensing practices
In preparation for the DEA rescheduling of HCPs, the Texas
Department of Public Safety (DPS) has increased staffing and
resources to respond to medical practitioners needing assistance
so they can better serve Texans who require prescriptions for
@ 8:36 pm]
Extended customer service availability from 7
a.m. to 7 p.m.
Implemented an automated call back system
allowing customers to make an appointment for an
agent’s return call.
Additional staff to help process registration
modifications to allow practitioners to change
their approved levels.
Extended work hours for staff in both the
Customer Contact Center
and Order Fulfillment areas.
Medical practitioners needing assistance can
either call (512)
424-7293 or send
a secured email.
Medical and mid-level practitioners will need to have correct
schedule designations on their registrations with DPS.
Practitioners need to use NAR-116 and
mid-level practitioners need to use NAR-117 to
Pad Mail-in Order Forms are
also on the DPS website.
For more information, please see Hydrocodone:
Schedule II Controlled Substance, DPS’
Press Release and DEA
Tramadol - Schedule IV.
09/06/2014 @ 6:00 pm]
DPS is also reminding
tramadol is now a Schedule IV controlled substance
as of Aug. 18, 2014.
For more information, visit http://www.justice.gov/dea/index.shtml.
DPS now offers online payment for Schedule II
[Posted 11/07/2014 @ 5:00 pm]
Practitioners and mid-level practitioners with a valid
Controlled Substances Registration and Texas DEA Registration
are now able to pay online and electronically submit
Prescription Pad Order Forms. Registrants can now order
prescription pads in just three easy steps:
1) Pay online at
Save the receipt to your computer.
2) Complete the
Prescription Pad Order Form. The form is a
fillable pdf. After completing the form, print, sign and save to
3) Go to
Contact Us. Select Texas Prescription
Program, then select Submit completed prescription pad order
form to upload your receipt
and completed order form. To ensure timely processing, make sure
both documents are attached and uploaded in the same email.
Online payments are processed with major
credit cards -Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
In addition to credit card billing information, a valid credit
card number, expiration date and verification code are required.
Please allow 30 days for delivery.
detailed instructions including screenshots, please see
Guide to Prescription Pad Ordering.