Edison, NJ (PRWEB) December 18, 2013
As illicit use of opioids for pain management continues to be an issue in healthcare, leading long-term care pharmacy PharmScript offers tips on how nurses can to detect and report the misuse of pain medications for non-therapeutic purposes.
Drug diversion occurs when the legal supply chain for prescription analgesic drugs is broken, and rather than being used for their intended purposes, drugs are used illicitly. In recent years pain management has seen a rise in the use of opioid analgesics.
Unfortunately, this has been accompanied by a parallel rise in their use for non-therapeutic purposes.
“Professionals licensed to manage medications have the responsibility to maintain the integrity of prescription drugs and ensure residents with pain receive medications as ordered. Nurses are the largest group of healthcare professionals diverting opioid analgesics. Although some may do this for monetary gain, impaired healthcare professionals are often using the acquired drugs themselves,” said Saul Greenberger, founder of PharmScript, a long term care pharmacy that develops systems to improve accountability for proper use of controlled substances. “Common tactics used to divert controlled substances include charting the drug but not giving it, partially giving it or substituting a look-alike, resulting in the patient being deprived of their medication. This is a serious criminal act.”
As nurses play a significant role in identifying others who are impaired, they should receive training in detecting and reporting drug misuse.
To help healthcare professional better detect drug diversion, PharmScript offers the following tips on things to look out for, from The National Council of State Boards of Nursing:
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The unique principles upon which PharmScript was founded were based on years of invaluable experience in the long-term care industry. Comprised of a reputable and experienced management team, PharmScript is geared toward providing the ultimate pharmacy experience utilizing cutting-edge technology, impeccable customer service, and assisting facilities in saving on pharmacy costs. Pharmscript currently services New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, Florida and Texas.