During the week of September 16, 2019 the nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) delivered administrative warrants to Kaiser pharmacies across the country including locations in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Although it is still unclear regarding how many warrants were issued DEA spokesperson, Special Agent Kyle Mori, told KTLA news the agents were “monitoring the prescription and administering of controlled substances and inspecting pharmacy records.” He further confirmed the warrants are under seal and as a result he was unable to comment further. He did however acknowledge such inspections are usually conducted to help officials in their role of regulating the health care and pharmaceutical industry including those involved in prescribing, manufacturing or handling controlled substances. According to Mori these kinds of inspections typically take just a few hours and upon completion, the affected pharmacies reopen. In a statement Kaiser affirmed it was fully cooperating with the DEA. “As always, we are committed to complying with state and federal regulations and ensuring the safety of our patients and members,” officials said. Reports indicate federal narcotic enforcement officers from DEA’s Diversion Control Office at times use administrative warrants when seeking records to determine if controlled substances are being diverted from their lawful purpose into illicit drug traffic. There is no indication this applies in relation to these warrants.