Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
August 13, 2017; Hilton Garden Inn Casper – Casper, Wyoming
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on August 13, 2017 in Casper, WY. 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 94 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, loss prevention personnel, and pharmaceutical students 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, Wyoming Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Casper PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Luis A. Carrion, Acting Unit Chief, Liaison Unit, Liaison and Policy Section, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Wyoming Board of Pharmacy Update – Mary Walker, Executive Director, Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy, and David Wills, Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Coordinator, Wyoming State Board of Pharmacy
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Paul Jaster, Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs & Chemicals Division, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Jason Bell, Operations Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Jason Riddle, DCI Special Agent/TDS TFO, Cheyenne Resident Office