What is Drug Diversion?

Drug diversion refers to the illegal and unauthorized transfer of legally obtained drugs from their intended use to an unintended use or recipient. Drug diversion can occur at various points along the supply chain, including procurement, storage, dispensing, or administration. In the healthcare setting, drug diversion often involves healthcare professionals who abuse or steal drugs intended for patients, such as prescription opioids, benzodiazepines, or other controlled substances. Drug diversion can have serious consequences, including increased risk of overdose, spreading infectious diseases, and potential drug-related harm to patients and communities. Drug diversion is a significant problem in many countries and is addressed through a combination of law enforcement, educational, and regulatory efforts.

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