Advanced Practice Registered Nursing:  Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

New Legislative Mandates

Continuing Education Requirements click here​​​​​​

Distributors of CDS: Report of Suspicious ​Orders click here​​​​

Pill Mill Tip Line


 (888) 829-1115

Human Trafficking
National Human Trafficking Hotline -- 24/7 Confidential

icon of a phone 1-888-373-7888
icon of a cell phone 233733

For more information on human trafficking in Maryland click here.​


Coronavirus Disease 2019 

(COVID-19) Updates

Due to COVID-19, state office buildings are closed to the public. For all inquiries, please email the Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) at​ We look forward to serving you.

At this time applications are still being received online and by mail, and OCSA is processing both new and renewal applications.

Updates will be provided below in response to this rapidly evolving situation. All CDS Registrants should check this page often for updates. 

Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19​​​ (Updated 4/9/2020)​

Additional Resources:


Please refer to your professional health licensing Board website for profession-specific information. Boards are issuing updated guidance on a regular basis.

The Hogan Administration’s COVID-19 Response:

General information:​

Healthcare Practitioner resources:

Healthcare Facility resources:

State and Federal resources:

Maryland Medicaid:

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration:

Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps:



Please consult state statute and regulations, where applicable, when interpreting federal guidance.

DEA information:

CDC information:

Updated: 4/2/2020

​Office of Controlled Substances Administration​

  The Office of Controlled Substances Administration (OCSA) enforces the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Act and ensures the availability of drugs for legitimate medical and scientific purposes. OCSA also issues CDS permits to practitioners, researchers, and establishments that administer, prescribe, dispense, distribute, manufacture, conduct research and conduct chemical analysis of CDS​.

Maryland Department of Health Implements its Controlled Dangerous Substances Application Online System

The Office of Controlled Substances Administration is accepting applications in real-time effective December 1, 2017.

Click on the image below to access the online CDS Registration Renewal application. 

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