Is Seroquel a Controlled Substance?

By Sandy Keefe

Seroquel is an atypical anti-psychotic drug manufactured by AstraZeneca. Also known by its generic name of quetiapine fumarate, Seroquel is available in the United States only by prescription.

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Seroquel is an atypical anti-psychotic drug manufactured by AstraZeneca. Also known by its generic name of quetiapine fumarate, Seroquel is available in the United States only by prescription.

Identification

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has the authority to control drugs that have a significant potential for abuse, such as narcotics. The DEA does not list Seroquel on its controlled substance schedules.

No Prescribing Regulation

Since Seroquel isn’t a controlled substance, the doctor does not need to follow special prescribing regulations, such as using a triplicate prescription pad.

Potential for Abuse

Seroquel is not a safe drug for people who are prone to drug addiction. An article in the July 13, 2009 edition of The Boston Globe describes how Seroquel is being abused by people who want a powerful sleeping pill.

Street Names

Seroquel, known on the street as Suzie Q and Squirrel, is more psychologically addictive than physically addictive. Drug dealers are making a lot of money selling the drug to drug addicts or ex-prisoners who got used to its effects when they obtained it legally for anxiety.

Expert Insight

According to The Boston Globe, Nancy Coffey, Division Program Manager for the DEA in New England, says her agency does not monitor potential abuse of Seroquel, because it is not a controlled substance.

References

About the Author

Sandy Keefe, M.S.N., R.N., has been a freelance writer for over five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous health-related magazines, including "Advance for Nurses" and "Advance for Long-Term Care Management." She has written short stories in anthologies such as "A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs."

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