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Guidelines for blocking drug abuse and theft in hospitals

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Here are some recommendations  from Hospitals & Health Networks to help hospitals avoid opioid  and other drug abuse and theft:

  1. “Review policies and procedures that are in place to minimize diversion. ”
  2. “Create standards for ordering and prescribing controlled substances. ”
  3. “Establish education and training across multiple disciplines to educate staff on controlled substance diversion.”
  4. “Place camera surveillance in high-risk areas.”
  5. “When something does go wrong, have procedures ready to launch to investigate potential cases of diversion and discrepancies in controlled substance inventory.”
  6. “Review staff practices that can help avoid the problem on the front end.”

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