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Drug Diversion Training

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Duration: 3 hours

Course Summary

Increasingly, health team members are required to update their knowledge and practices to recognize and prevent drug diversion. The rise in public access to information about disease cures and, in particular, by drug diverters, has led to heightened challenges and surveillance measures. Current federal and state laws require health administrators to develop drug diversion prevention programs that include mandatory training by all employees to recognize and report abuse in the workplace. This course will provide learning for nurses and all health employees required to follow regulation of controlled substances and to recognize and report the signs of drug diversion.

Course Format

Homestudy

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
    1. Definition
    2. Scope of the problem
  2. Most Commonly Diverted Drugs
    1. Opioids
    2. Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine
    3. Dextromethorphan
    4. Non-Opioid Depressants
    5. Stimulants
  3. Doctor Shopping
    1. Characteristics
    2. Monitoring systems
  4. False Prescriptions
    1. Altered prescriptions
    2. Forged prescriptions
    3. False called-in prescriptions
  5. Theft
    1. Health care staff
    2. Other theft
  6. Profiles of Drug Diverters
    1. General profile of drug diverters: physical and psychological
    2. Healthcare workers and job performance
  7. Prevention Strategies
    1. Organizational policies
    2. Storage and security
    3. Safeguards for prescribers
    4. Preparation and dispensing
    5. Inventory maintenance
    6. Waste disposal
    7. Reporting procedures
  8. Responding to Deception
  9. Support for Professionals in Recovery
    1. Treatment
    2. Returning to practice
  10. Summary

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