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Nurses, Medical Professionals and Drug Diversion

Nurses, Medical Professionals and Drug Diversion

Drug DiversionDrug diversion refers to the unauthorized or illegal transfer of controlled substances from healthcare facilities by nurses or other medical professionals. This illicit practice poses significant risks to patient safety, the integrity of healthcare institutions, and the overall public health. Understanding the causes, effects, and preventive measures related to nurse and drug diversion is crucial for maintaining a secure and trusted healthcare system.

Drug diversion happens in many ways including stealing medications intended for patients, tampering with drug dispensing systems, or fraudulently obtaining prescriptions. Nurses are trusted with direct access to controlled substances and are responsible for their safe and accurate administration unfortunately, during times of personal trouble such a marital or financial issues, financial troubles, or just the stress related to everyday living may lead a nurse to use her direct access to engage in diversion.

The consequences of drug diversion by medical professionals are far-reaching and severe. Not only can patients suffer from the affects of diversion, but the medical professional who attended school in some cases for more than seven years can find the license they worked so hard to obtain in jeopardy. Additionally, both providers and  healthcare institutions face reputational damage, legal liability, and compromised trust from patients and the public.

Preventing nurse and drug diversion requires a comprehensive approach that combines education, awareness, and robust control systems. Healthcare organizations should establish clear policies and procedures regarding medication handling, storage, and administration. Regular and thorough training programs should be implemented, focusing not only on drug diversion prevention but also on recognizing signs of substance abuse and providing appropriate support to healthcare professionals facing addiction.

An allegation of drug diversion by a nurse or other medical professional can lead to the issuance of a Temporary Suspension Order (TSO), which requires the professional to stop working until the matter can be investigated. When those allegations are completely false, the nurse or medical professional should obtain legal counsel to fight the TSO in an effort to get back to work as quickly as possible. Drug diversion can also lead to criminal charges, the requirement to obtain medical and/or mental health evaluations and the possibility of having to enroll in the South Carolina Recovering Professionals Program (SCRPP) for up to five years.

If you or a medical professional you know had been accused of drug diversion it is important to seek legal representation immediately. The Law Office of Tracey R. Perlman has represented clients in a many drug diversion cases and has knowledge of the workings of both the LLR and criminal processes related to issues of drug diversion, but also has a working knowledge and experience in working with SCRPP. If a nurse or medical professional has a drug or alcohol problem, Tracey can assist them in maneuvering through the process of obtaining treatment while helping them keep their license.

If a nurse of medical professional has been wrongly accused of drug diversion, the Law Office of Tracey R. Perlman will fight for justice to clear their name. Whether the accusations of drug diversion are true or false one thing remains consistent, it is important to seek legal counsel as early as possible. Early assistance in dealing with both LLR and SCRPP is important to the defense of your license and the continued ability to practice your profession in this state.

If you are a nurse or medical professional who has been accused of drug diversion, please call the Law Office of Tracey R. Perlman, Esq. for help.