In this webinar, Dr. Gonzalez discusses the importance of reporting drug abuse and diversion cases within the healthcare setting. In the presentation, Dr. Gonzalez highlighted the most commonly misused or abused drugs —with tips for preventing inappropriate use—and shared real stories about the destruction that addiction can cause.
- Developing a zero-tolerance drug abuse and diversion policy is very important for protecting patients across the healthcare system. Providers that treat patients under the influence of drugs are dangerous and unacceptable, and healthcare providers must report these cases.
- Healthcare professionals are also patients that need help. It might be difficult to report a peer to hospital management or law enforcement for drug diversion, but this could be the catalyst to help that individual seek treatment for their disease and even save their life.
- The more transparency, the better. It doesn’t matter what healthcare sector an individual is working in—everyone can save lives and impact the ongoing drug use crisis by reporting and getting information to the proper authorities.
Marc Gonzalez, PharmD, is a pharmaceutical diversion consultant recognized worldwide for his work with law enforcement, healthcare organizations, the military, and distributors and manufacturers of controlled substances.