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Don’t risk your DEA license. The three keys to preventing employee theft of controlled drugs are evaluate, investigate and reiterate.

Let’s start with a simple fact: Employees can and will steal from your drug inventory if given the opportunity. A Drug Diversion Digest report tracking the diversion of controlled substances over a six-month period — read it at — found that 71% of incidents involved an employee. Sadly, this often includes people you consider “family.”

Theft comes in many forms and happens when greed, entitlement and addiction overtake good judgment, ethics and values. Just because it might not “feel” like stealing to an employee doesn’t mean it’s not stealing. Stealing is stealing. There’s no gray area.

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