By Cara Simaga
Drug diversion, a term that is used to describe when prescription drugs are taken by an individual who they are not specifically prescribed for, has become a significant problem in America. Particularly with the rise of the opioid epidemic, we’re seeing drug diversion continue to be problematic both in the home and in healthcare facilities. In 2017, $301 million worth of drugs were lost.
Unfortunately, the problem has only increased in the past few years. In 2018, $454 million worth of drugs were lost to drug diversion, and 94% of those incidents involved opioids. While that’s still a large number, the increase from year-to-year is even more alarming. Drug diversion also does not appear to be slowing, and it’s impacting some of our more vulnerable communities.[Read more…]