HEALTHCARE’S BIGGEST LITTLE LIE: RAMPANT HOSPITAL DRUG DIVERSION HIDDEN BEHIND STETHOSCOPES AND WHITE COATS.

Author: 

Wellesley Anna DuBois

The opioid epidemic is widely recognized as one of the most dangerous issues facing America today. Opioid overdose accounts for approximately 130 deaths every day. While the majority of the country is focused on preventing patient misuse, hospital-based clinicians who divert controlled substances are largely overlooked. The true scope of the problem is hidden by ineffective oversight of prescribing practitioners, lack of consistent hospital mechanisms to detect diversion, and the skills savvy clinicians have developed to exploit weaknesses in the system to avoid detection. Shifting focus to prevention of clinician diversion is a critical step towards combatting the opioid epidemic. Read more.