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New drug diversion prevention tactics suggested for healthcare facilities

Medical Environment Update, February 9, 2017

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A major pharmacy safety advocate group has issued what is being called the first nationwide guidelines for healthcare to help prevent drug diversion of controlled substances among healthcare workers, a growing problem nationwide contributing to opioid addiction, general drug abuse, deadly healthcare infections such as hepatitis C, and a rise in the price of medications.

The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) issued the guidelines in early January, as a way to create a “framework for creating a collaborative, comprehensive controlled substances diversion prevention program to protect patients, employees, organizations and the community.”

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