Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
July 13 & 14, 2013; DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland; Portland, Oregon
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on July 13th & 14th, 2013. 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.
Over 240 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and loss prevention personnel attended. The conference attendees received approximately seven hours of instruction on a variety of topics. The presentations included: Drug Trends, Drugs, Drugs and More Drugs, Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D, and Drug Theft Prevention.
Select presentations from the Portland PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Alan G. Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, DEA Office of Diversion Control
Drug Trends (Synthetic Drugs) – Alan G. Santos, Associate Deputy Assistant Administrator, DEA Office of Diversion Control
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – Gary A. Schnabel, Executive Director, Oregon Board of Pharmacy
Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program – Gary A. Schnabel, Executive Director, Oregon Board of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Diversion in Medicare Part D – Gary Cantrell, Deputy Inspector General for Investigations, OIG/HHS
Drug Theft Prevention – Joseph Santos, Sergeant, Portland Police Department