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Drug Diversion Training

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 3 hours
Rated 4.6 out of 5.0 based on 18309 reviews

Course Summary

Drug diversion can take many forms and there are common ways in which drugs are diverted. It is important for all members of the interdisciplinary health team, including prescribers, pharmacists, and nursing staff, to be aware of the different strategies for drug diversion as well as the common characteristics of individuals with a substance use disorder. There are also preventative measures that healthcare facilities and clinicians may or must use to help reduce the incidence of drug diversion. These include organizational policies mandated by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Agency, prescription drug monitoring programs, Federal guidelines for proper storage and security regarding controlled substances, and guidelines for ordering, prescribing, preparation and dispensing of prescription drugs or controlled substances. As the availability and scope of prescription drugs have expanded to include a range of opiates, non-opiate depressants, stimulants, and potent cold medicines, so too have the misuse of these substances and the tendency to use them recreationally.

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Course Syllabus

I.      Introduction
II.      Drug Diversion and Scope of the Problem
III.      Most Commonly Diverted Drugs
1.   Opioids
2.   Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine
3.   Dextromethorphan
4.   Central Nervous System Depressants and Sedatives
5.   Stimulants
IV.      Common Forms of Drug Diversion
1.   Doctor Shopping
2.   False or Altered Prescriptions
3.   Healthcare Staff Drug Diversion and Theft
4.   Other Theft
V.      Profiles of Drug Diverters
1.   General Profile: Physical and Psychological
2.   Healthcare Workers and Job Performance
VI.      Prevention Strategies
1.   Monitoring Systems
2.   Organizational Policies
3.   Storage and Security
4.   Safeguards for Prescribers
5.   Ordering and Prescribing
6.   Preparation and Dispensing
7.   Inventory Maintenance
8.   Waste Disposal
9.   Reporting Procedures
VII.      Support for Professionals in Recovery
1.   Treatment
2.   Returning to Practice
VIII.     Literature Review: Deception and Drug Diversion
IX.      Summary

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