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A controlled substance is a drug or chemical whose manufacture, possession or distribution is highly regulated by the government and subject to legislative control. They include illegal drugs, prescription medications and chemicals considered as precursors to the production of illegal drugs. These are all believed to cause harm to an individual if not used properly. Their manufacture and distribution are closely monitored by the United Nations (UN).

The construction of an international legal framework for controlled drugs has gone through several stages of development since the 1920 alcohol prohibition in the US. In 1961, the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was established as a universal system to limit the cultivation, production, distribution, trade, use and possession of narcotic substances strictly for medical and scientific purposes, with special attention to those produced from plants.

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Rich Nelson is the Distribution Services Manager for PCI’s Clinical Services group, working with clients to provide seamless global distribution of their investigational products. He joined the company in 2012 after seven years with Fisher Clinical Services, having supported both global distribution for investigational products, as well as interactive voice response solutions. Rich is certified in Lean Six Sigma/continuous improvement, including as a Small Group Facilitor/ Corporate Trainer, and is a graduate of Monmouth University, US.
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