Wastewater-Based Epidemiology (WBE) Measures Opioid Use in Communities

Opioid use is an epidemic in United States and researchers are coming up with new ways to evaluate opioid use in communities.  A study published in the National Institutes of Health used robotic technology to measure levels of opioid metabolites in various manholes at 10 different sites in North Carolina. …

Challenges to Cost-Effective Medication Management in Correctional Facilities

Administering medication in any clinical setting comes with several challenges and risks such as opportunities for error, drug diversion and cost constraints.  Managing medication in a jail or prison is even more challenging for nurses and medical staff.  Medication management in correctional facilities requires daily administration of drugs to thousands …

Diversion of Controlled Drugs from Hospitals

The diversion of controlled drugs from hospitals has been a rising problem across the United States and Canada with hospitals feeling pressure to implement safeguards that prevent drug diversion. According to the International Narcotics Control Board, the United States and Canada are the two highest consumers per capita of opioids …

Drug Diversion Training and Best Practice Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Drug diversion in healthcare is a huge problem in the United States with an estimated one in 10 healthcare workers addicted to or abusing drugs. Drug diversion is a threat to the safety of patients, for hospital staff and facilities facing fines and serious penalties. A comprehensive Controlled Substances Diversion …

Registrant Disclosure of Loss Diversion or Destruction of Controlled Substances

What should a facility do when they discover controlled substances are lost or missing? Drug diversion in healthcare is a serious problem contributing to the opioid epidemic in the United States. Is critical that all facilities follow meticulous procedures to account for all medications, especially controlled substances. Registrants who notice …

Why Do We Care About Pharmaceutical Waste Compliance?

  There are many reasons why everyone should be concerned about pharmaceutical waste and compliance to safe disposal practices. Improper disposal of pharmaceutical waste causes serious contamination to the environment primarily showing up in water supplies.  With the current opioid epidemic in the United States, improper disposal of controlled substances …

CS Waste in Narcotic Treatment Programs

Controlled substances (CS) used in health care systems and narcotic treatment programs pose a serious risk for drug diversion.  CS diversion causes harm to the diverter and raises serious liability issues to the organization which can face significant fines for noncompliance to DEA drug disposal regulations.  Drug diversion leads to …

Drug Diversion Strategies: How Has Covid-19 Affected Addiction?

The epidemic of substance abuse and drug overdose deaths in the U.S. is a national health emergency.  People who suffer from drug addiction as well as people who smoke, vape or use opioids or methamphetamine are at an even greater risk during the novel Coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Nora Volkow is …

CS Waste Safety and Healthcare Staff

It is critical for healthcare facilities such as long term care facilities and hospitals to properly dispose of pharmaceutical waste for controlled substance waste safety. The improper disposal of medications and controlled substances leads to environmental contamination and drug diversion.  Drug diversion in hospitals is a serious risk for healthcare …

Controlled Substance Disposal in Hospitals and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is an epidemic in the United States with an estimated 130 people dying every day due to an opioid overdose.  The economic burden of this national emergency is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cost a whopping $78.5 billion annually including treatment for …

An Effective Drug Diversion Prevention Policy

Drug diversion in the healthcare system leads to serious safety issues to both the patients and health care workers as well as placing significant liability on the facility. Diversion of controlled substances (CS) in health care settings creates multiple victims, leading to inadequate documentation of a patient’s care, inadequate pain …

Why activated charcoal works best to stop drug abuse?

Science made easy… RxDestroyer™ patented solution begins dissolving medications and instantly permanently bonding (adsorbing) drugs/medications to solution’s activated charcoal. Temperatures of 1,700°F are required to adsorbed drugs from carbon. At this temperature, drugs are destroyed by extreme heat. Subsequently, process to release medication from carbon is deemed irreversible. In comparison, 1,700°F melts many metals like brass, silver and aluminum. Want …

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