Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference
October 22 & 23, 2017; The Riverside Hotel – Boise, Idaho
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held a Pharmacy Diversion Awareness Conference (PDAC) on October 22 & 23, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. 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 71 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, Idaho Board of Pharmacy Update, CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors, and Diversion Issues.
Select presentations from the Boise PDAC, as well as a link to the Pharmacy Robbery & Burglary brochure, are below.
Drug Trends – Luis A. Carrion, Staff Coordinator, Liaison and Policy Section, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Drugs, Drugs, and More Drugs – William T. Winsley, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Representative
Idaho Board of Pharmacy Update – Ellen Mitchell, Investigations Support Coordinator, Teresa Anderson, Program Information Coordinator
CMEA Requirements for Retail Distributors – Paul Jaster, Staff Coordinator, Synthetic Drugs & Chemicals Section, Diversion Control Division, DEA
Medicare Pharmaceutical Diversion – Robb Breeden, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Drug Theft and Robberies – Justin Wright, DEA Task Force Officer, Tactical Diversion Squad, DEA Boise Office