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DEA Controlled Substance Drug Storage Cages & Secure Storage Areas

Wire Partitions for Compliance & Security

Whether your physical security controls pertain to the pharmacy, warehouse, shipping and distribution center, facilities that must maintain DEA compliance of Schedule III, IV or V controlled substances have specific parameters that must be maintained for access control and inventory control.

Professionally installed Style 840 Partitions are designed and built to meet the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) requirements for physical security of Schedule III through V controlled substances. Per Title 21 CFR Sections1301.72-1301.76 physical security controls, wire partitions must include self-closing and self-locking doors, and meet minimum security standards.

Examples of facilities that may be required to maintain DEA Drug Cage Compliance:

  • Pharmacy Chains or Independent Pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Laboratories / Universities
  • Medical Doctors Facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Distribution Centers
  • Drug Warehouses
  • Records Storage facilities
DEA Storage Cage Design & Build Requirements

DEA Storage Cage Design & Build Requirements

A compliant DEA approved secured storage cage must include a self-closing and self-locking doors and be made of partitions built of wire mesh walls and ceiling panels. Walls of the drug storage cage are to have reinforcements, panels are to be mounted flush with the floor and utilize hardware that cannot be accessed from the outside. Additionally the posts are to be mounted to the concrete floor with lags.

Depending on your floor plan or the footprint of your facility, drug cage panels are stackable up to 30’ feet, accommodating high ceiling warehouse and stackable pallets.

Flexible Configurations for facilities of all sizes

One of the pros to utilizing a DEA Approved Drug Cage is the ability to build a secure storage area to fit nearly any space within an existing building or retrofitting a facility for the purpose of storage of controlled substances.

Style 840 wire partition panels can be stacked to accommodate tall ceilings in warehouses or other buildings. Additionally, wire partition panels can be attached to existing walls and ceilings making it possible to design, build and construct a DEA controlled substance storage cage of nearly any size or shape.

Doors, Service Windows and Locks for Access Control

All DEA drug cages and storage areas must have be equipped with self-closing, self-locking doors and lockable. Whether you prefer a key lock, card readers or Mag locks, your drug cage can be designed to integrate directly with your existing security systems and monitoring.

Examples of Locks for integration into a drug cage:

  • Mag Locks
  • Electric Strikes
  • Interlocks
  • Coded Card Readers
  • Electronic Key Pads
  • Biometric Fingerprint Readers
  • Proximity Readers
  • Alarm Locks
  • ADA Compliant Locks and Handles
  • Push Bars or Push Paddles

21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1301.72 Storage Areas

Per the DEA requirements for physical security of Schedule III, Schedule IV, and Schedule V controlled substances, the following features are standard on DEA Approved Drug Storage Cages:

Doors must be self-closing and self-locking.

  • DEA Drug Cages are available in both standard key locks and customized lock options to meet this requirement. Both mechanical and powered versions of self-closing doors are also available.

Walls constructed of not less than No.10 steel fabric with openings not more than 2-1/2" across the square, mounted on steel posts, set no more than ten feet apart, with horizontal reinforcement.

  • Style 840 partition panels are at a maximum ten feet long, four or five feet tall, and are made of 2" x 1" opening 10 gauge steel wire. The frames of our style 840 wire mesh panels satisfy the requirement for horizontal reinforcement every sixty inches.

Walls shall be mounted to posts at least one inch in diameter, lagged to the floor.

  • Style 840 panels have standard posts are 2" square with base plates for floor anchoring welded to each. Lag bolts need to be pinned or brazed once installed to meet the DEA requirement.

Shall have a ceiling of same materials, or erected to reach the structural ceiling of the building.

  • DEA drug storage cage systems utilize the same panels in walls and ceilings. Furthermore, secured storage systems are strong enough so that the wire mesh panels can be stacked between posts to reach the ceiling of almost any building.

Panels mount flush to floor.


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