Establishing a Controlled Substance Compliance Program
July 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 7 - Page #2

Recent events, including the nationwide opioid addiction crisis and accounts of DEA-imposed monetary penalties on hospitals that are noncompliant with the Controlled Substances Act, have increased awareness of diversion in the hospital setting. Although reliable statistics on the prevalence of diversion in hospitals are not available, diversion is common and can occur at any institution. Diversion of controlled substances by health care workers is a clear threat to patient safety.1

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