Drug Diversion

Addiction to prescription narcotics called opioids has reached epidemic proportions and is a major driver of drug diversion. As a pharmacy technician, you will assist the pharmacist in identifying and addressing the issue of drug diversion in your pharmacy. In this discussion, you will discuss drug diversion and your role as a pharmacy technician in addressing this issue. Objectives: Describe policies and procedures for monitoring the practice site and/or service area for compliance with federal, state and local laws regulations; and professional standards. (ASHP Objective 42.1)Act ethically in all job-related activities. (ASHP Objective 1.1)Instructions:Step 1: Read the following articles regarding illegal drug distribution.drug-trafficking-.pdf (Link will open in this tab.) Download drug-trafficking-.pdf (Link will open in this tab.)six-indicted-drug.pdf (Link will open in this tab.)  Download six-indicted-drug.pdf (Link will open in this tab.) Step 2: Respond to the following:In spite of a number of regulatory controls and measures designed to stop drug diversion, individuals still engage in these practices. What do you think is your role as a pharmacy technician to prevent drug diversion? What types of behaviors/actions might indicate that drug diversion is occurring?  What would you do if you found out a coworker was participating in drug diversion?Additional research on drug diversion is strongly recommended.All responses should be between 200-250 words.Step 3: Read other students’ posts and respond to at least two other students. Once again, use any personal experience if appropriate to help support or debate other students’ posts. If differences of opinion occur, students should debate the issues and provide examples to support opinions.*Be sure to cite any outside sources in APA format.