Physician Practice

Network seeks to reduce drug diversion, increase reporting rate

Medical Environment Update, July 3, 2020

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By John Palmer

An Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that focuses on drug diversion prevention has launched an online forum that it hopes will change the landscape of the drug diversion problem in U.S. hospitals.

The Healthcare Diversion Network in May 2019 launched the website HealthcareDiversion.org, which it calls a first-of-its-kind forum that aims to build national dialogue and transparency around one of the most critical, yet often unspoken, risks associated with the expanding opioid crisis in the country.

According to Tom Knight, chairman of the Healthcare Diversion Network, since going public with the website, the number of reported incidents increased by more than 23% in the first three months. Additionally, since launching, the nonprofit is actively working with 65% more hospitals to track and report drug diversion.

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