The prescription drug abuser, or drug seeker, represents a serious and constant problem for the health care professional in the United States. These people, through a variety of methods, are successful in obtaining an enormous amount of pharmaceutical drugs from health care professionals. These drugs then perpetuate personal addictions, or provide a very valuable product to the prescription drug trafficker. The private office, clinic, and emergency room of the health care professional are bombarded with professional drug seekers. These people prey on the sincere attempt by health care professionals to eliminate pain and comfort the patient. However, in the meantime, valuable professional time is spent with the drug diverter, leaving less time for legitimate patients with legitimate needs.
One of the most effective ways to combat this problem is educating the health care professional and his or her staff. Education that includes being able to identify the profile of the prescription drug seeker, their scams, how to deal with that person, and sure fire ways to reduce the health care professional of becoming a target. This presentation can be valuable to anyone who deals with patients on a regular basis. The doctor, along with his/her nurses, medical assistants, and receptionists, can benefit from this program. The entire staff will become better at identifying and dealing with the drug seeker, and more importantly, preventing the facility from being a target. The pharmacist and their staff can also gain a better insight into the illegal prescription drug seeker that frequents their facility. The pharmacy can play a key role in deterring the prescription drug seeker. This educational program can be brought to your facility or training center with ample time allotted to answer any questions you or your staff may have.
The presentation is geared to reminding the staff that the vast majority of your pain patients are legitimate. Their pain medications are very important to them, and everything should be done to ensure that they continue to receive their medications. One of the best ways to put legitimate patients first, is to seek out and identify those that are scamming your practice, and decline to provide them with controlled substances in the future. This not only sends a message to others who may be considering targeting your practice, but it allows you and your staff more time to treat your legitimate patients.
Although not all inclusive, below are some of the topics that will be discussed during the presentation:
- IDENTIFY THE TOP PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OF ABUSE
- KNOW HOW PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE USED ILLEGALLY
- KNOW THE STREET VALUES OF ILLEGAL PHARMACEUTICALS
- IDENTIFY THE PROFILE OF THE PRESCRIPTION DRUG SEEKER
- IDENTIFY A VARIETY OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG SCAMS
- LEARN HOW TO CONFRONT THE “DOCTOR SHOPPER”
- KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN DISCOVERING DECEPTION
- KNOW HOW TO REDUCE THE INCIDENCE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUDS
- COMMON SENSE PREVENTION TECHNIQUES
- PROTECTING YOUR PRACTICE FROM DRUG DIVERSION
Contact John Burke of Pharmaceutical Diversion Education Inc. by phone at 513-201-7334, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this training opportunity.