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§ 90‑113.3. Education and research.

(a)        The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and theBoard of Governors of the University of North Carolina are authorized anddirected to carry out educational programs designed to prevent and deter misuseand abuse of controlled substances. In connection with such programs, they areauthorized to:

(1)        Promote better recognition of the problems of misuse andabuse of controlled substances within the regulated industry and amonginterested groups and organizations;

(2)        Assist the regulated industry and interested groups andorganizations in contributing to the reduction of misuse and abuse ofcontrolled substances; and

(3)        Disseminate the results of research on misuse and abuse ofcontrolled substances to promote a better public understanding of what problemsexist and what can be done to combat them.

(b)        The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and theBoard of Governors of the University of North Carolina or either of them mayenter into contracts for educational activities related to controlledsubstances.

(c)        The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Servicesis authorized and directed to encourage research on misuse and abuse ofcontrolled substances. In connection with such research and in furtherance ofthe enforcement of this Article, it is authorized to:

(1)        Establish methods to assess accurately the effects ofcontrolled substances and to identify and characterize controlled substanceswith potential for abuse;

(2)        Make studies and undertake programs of research to:

a.         Develop new or improved approaches, techniques, systems,equipment, and devices to strengthen the enforcement of this Article;

b.         Determine patterns of misuse and abuse of controlledsubstances and the social effect thereof; and

c.         Improve methods for preventing, predicting, understanding,and dealing with the misuse and abuse of controlled substances.

(3)        Enter into contracts with other public agencies, anydistrict attorney, institutions of higher education, and private organizationsor individuals for the purpose of conducting research, demonstrations, orspecial projects which bear directly on misuse and abuse of controlledsubstances.

(d)        The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Servicesmay enter into contracts for research activities related to controlledsubstances, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and theBoard of Governors of the University of North Carolina or either of them mayenter into contracts for educational activities related to controlledsubstances, without performance bonds.

(e)        The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Servicesmay authorize persons engaged in research on the use and effects of controlledsubstances to withhold the names and other identifying characteristics ofpersons who are the subjects of such research. Persons who obtain thisauthorization may not be compelled in any State civil, criminal,administrative, legislative, or other proceeding to identify the subjects ofresearch for which such authorization was obtained.

(f)         The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Servicesmay authorize persons engaged in research to possess and distribute controlledsubstances in accordance with such restrictions as the authorization mayimpose. Persons who obtain this authorization shall be exempt from Stateprosecution for possession and distribution of controlled substances to theextent authorized by the North Carolina Department of Health and HumanServices. (1971, c. 919, s.1; c. 1244, s. 14; 1973, c. 476, s. 128; 1977, c. 667, s. 3; 1981, c. 218; 1997‑443,s. 11A.118(a).)