The Narcotics Enforcement Division (NED) is a statewide law enforcement agency that serves and protects the public by enforcing State laws pertaining to controlled substances and regulated chemicals. They are responsible for the registration and control of the manufacture, distribution, prescription, and dispensing of controlled substances and precursor or essential chemicals within the State.
NED is also responsible for assuring that pharmaceutical controlled substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. They register and investigate all violations of persons who administer, prescribe, manufacture or dispense controlled substances in the State, including those who work at methadone clinics.
NED enforces the requirements of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes), the Medical Use of Marijuana Act (Chapter 329, Part IX, Hawaii Revised Statutes and Title 23, Chapter 200-202, Administrative Rules). NED works extensively with county police departments and Federal agencies in detecting and apprehending controlled substance and regulated chemical violators. In addition to enforcement, the Division focuses on interdiction, diversion and prevention activities. The Division is also responsible for Hawaii’s Electronic Prescription Accountability System (e-Pass) which monitor’s all Schedule II through V controlled substance prescriptions filled in the State.
NED’s registrations section primary function is the registration and recordation of all persons who handle controlled substances and the registration of all persons who are authorized to utilize marijuana for medical purposes.
The Investigative Branch is responsible for investigations relating to the possession and distributing of illicit controlled substances, regulated chemicals as well as Clandestine Laboratory initiatives. This Branch also responds to all controlled substance cases generated by PSD agencies (Corrections, Sheriffs Division, Sheriff Detail assigned to Honolulu International Airport, and other attached agencies) as well as joint special investigations with HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas), Federal, State and County Law Enforcement Agencies.
The Diversion Branch is responsible for, but not limited to the statewide enforcement of Hawaii’s Uniform Controlled Substance Act, Chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes and Federal laws pertaining to investigations and enforcement actions of the illegal diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances and regulated chemicals on a statewide basis. Investigators of the Diversion Branch are also cross deputized under a joint FDA / NED taskforce.