Healthcare Facility

Even for the best employee, vulnerability and access can lead to a higher rate of abuse.
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If you run a healthcare facility, your daily commitment is to the health and well-being of your patients. But sadly, there may be people in your office who are committed to something a little less noble. And when the DEA shows up, “I had no idea!” probably isn’t your best defense strategy.

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Today’s DEA rules and regulations are so complex, business owners and practitioners struggle to understand what they should be doing. Plus, the opioid crisis has resulted in more federal and state resources being put toward preventing drug diversion. And, the pressure is on investigators to step up controlled-substance compliance programs and conduct even tougher oversight.

36.4%

of people who misused pain relievers got them through prescription(s) or stole them from a health provider.

53.7%

of them bought them, took them from or were given them by a friend or relative

100,000

US doctors, nurses, technicians and other health professionals struggle with abuse or addiction.
Hefty civil fines are being levied against non-compliant individuals and businesses across the healthcare industry, including clinics and independent facilities. Inspections conducted by the DEA and state agencies are typically unannounced, and the current Federal fine per infraction is $15,691. But, it’s not uncommon for fines to exceed $1 million.

Most common violations cited by the DEA:

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Lack of Physical Security

Registration Issues

Failure to Prevent Diversion

Poor Record-Keeping

It can happen to you.

Whether it’s a trusted employee, long-time client or even a relative, your facility is at risk for drug diversion. It’s imperative that you be prepared. Now is the time to investigate, identify, correct and strengthen your facility against the most common vulnerabilities you face today. Keeping up with changing standards, best practices, new requirements and growing threats are the most effective ways to protect your business. But failing to adapt to these new realities may not only cost you financially, it can also cause irreparable harm to your personal and professional reputation.

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