Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
June 2 & 3, 2012; Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Atlanta, GA
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on June 2 and 3, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a one-day conference, repeated on the second day, for the convenience of the pharmacy community. The conference was developed and designed to address the growing problem of diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances throughout the United States. In addition to pharmacy robberies and thefts, pharmaceutical controlled substances are often diverted by way of forged prescriptions, doctor shoppers, or illegitimate prescriptions from rogue practitioners. The objective of this conference was to educate pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy loss prevention personnel on ways to address and respond to potential diversion activity.
Approximately 160 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended each day. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics including drug trends, drug theft prevention, pain pill clinics, combating pharmaceutical diversion, and an overview of the pending Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
Select presentations from the Atlanta PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are listed below.
Drug Trends – Presented by Alan Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – Presented by William Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy