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July 09, 2020

Nearly One in 10 Patients Will Continue Use of Opioids After Heart Surgery

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February 25, 2020

Eleven charged in Newark drug trafficking conspiracy, one charged with murder

NEWARK, N.J. – DEA New Jersey Division Special Agent-in-Charge Susan A. Gibson and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito announced 11 people were charged today for their roles as members and associates of a drug trafficking organization involved in the distribution of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base (crack) in the Stephen Crane Village Housing ...

December 10, 2019

Red Flags When Filling Controlled Substance Prescriptions (video)

National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group Educate on “Red Flags” that May Be Difficult to Detect

Red Flags When Filling Controlled Substance Prescriptions - YouTube

A video discussing red flags for pharmacists when filling controlled substance prescriptions.

June 25, 2019

Nurse Accused of Stealing Drugs

A registered nurse is accused of stealing narcotics while working at two different Eau Claire hospitals.

The woman told police she took the drugs to relieve her pain from fibromyalgia.

February 25, 2019

Theft of over 18,000 pills calls for more state oversite...

BOSTON — The theft of more than 18,000 pills, mostly opioids, from Beverly Hospital is spurring calls on Beacon Hill for more state oversight of heavily addictive drugs that are diverted to the street from hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies.

Lisa Tillman, 50, of Salem, Massachusetts, is facing larceny charges...

April 16, 2019

Joint Commission issues Quick Safety advisory on drug diversion and impaired health care workers

An estimated 10 percent of health care workers abuse drugs, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the American Nurses Association. 

June 26, 2018

U.S. charges 601 people in health care fraud, opioid takedown

The U.S. Justice Department has charged 601 people in what Attorney General Jeff Sessions called “the largest health care fraud takedown” in history...

May 20, 2018

Georgia health system paying $4.1M to settle opioid diversion claims

  • In the largest settlement of its kind involving a hospital, Effingham Health System has agreed to pay the U.S. $4.1 million for alleged large-scale diversion of opioids, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

  • The DEA launched the investigation in 2017 after receiving reports of missing tablets and possible diversion at the Springfield, Georgia-based health system. The inquiry turned up tens of thousands of missing oxycodone 30 mg tablets spanning back more than four years.

  • Effiingham failed to notify authorities of the suspected diversion within the time proscribed by federal law, the DEA said.

March 26, 2018

Her son, 14, died of an overdose. A Bolivar woman was charged with murder Friday after police say her son overdosed on prescription drugs that she stole.

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March 16, 2018

ASHP Convenes Interdisciplinary Commission to Address Opioid Epidemic

Charged with identifying actionable solutions to the opioid epidemic, the commission focused not only on optimizing pain management through the selection, initiation, and monitoring of medication therapy, but also on how pharmacists can play a leadership role on interprofessional teams in moving these solutions forward.

Legislation to to Fight Opioid Epidemic

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) is pressing to complete legislation by Memorial Day to fight the opioid epidemic. A similar effort is being advanced in the Senate by Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). Simultaneously Congressional appropriators will be determining how to spend the $6 billion designated in the recently enacted Bipartisan Budget Act.  Premier’s central focus in this debate is allowing providers’ access to information on patients with substance use disorders, which is limited by confidentiality rules under 42 CFR, Part 2.  We are urging lawmakers to pass the Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act (H.R. 3545) and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S. 1850).  Information is available on the Part 2 Coalition website or by contacting Duanne Pearson

July 10, 2018

Doctor Made Deadly Counterfeit Pills with Fentanyl

Life Sentence Handed Down To Florida Doctor Who Made Deadly Counterfeit Pills With Fentanyl

February 21, 2018

Former Nurse Sentenced for Stealing Narcotics

A former registered nurse was sentenced in federal court to eight months of imprisonment for stealing narcotics and diluting patients' narcotics

February 08, 2018

​One million lethal doses of fentanyl totaling up to $10million were found concealed in fish and chili in the back of a car in the Bronx, according to authorities.

February 23, 2018

Nurse accused of stealing pain meds

A nurse at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King stole several pain medications, including oxycodone and morphine, and police suspected she "has an opiate addiction that drives those behaviors" 

February 20, 2018

State board suspends doctor's license amid investigation into overdose deaths

The medical license of a south Tulsa doctor has been suspended amid a federal investigation that reportedly connects him to numerous overdose deaths since 2011. 

Agents raided the doctor’s office in late January as part of the investigation into alleged drug trafficking and diversion, and seized 63 boxes of documents and four bags of computer hard drives.

February 13, 2018

Nursing Home CNA Stole Opiates From Patients

Nursing Home CNA Stole Opiates From Patients and Sold to Confidential Informant.  

With national opioid addiction rates at an all-time high, civilians, lawmakers, and loved ones of victims are all calling for stricter controls on the extremely addictive medications. The ability to obtain opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, oxycodone, and other drugs is surprisingly easy.

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