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Preventing Diversion of Prescription Drugs in Prison and Jail  

Author:  Catherine M. Knox, M.N., R.N., C.C.H.P.-R.N.

Source: Volume 20, Number 04, May/June 2019 , pp.49-51(3)

Correctional Health Care Report

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Prescription medication has a value in prison or jail that is greater than in the general community. Diversion of prescription medication is a major concern in correctional settings because of the risks associated with misuse and overdose. Drug diversion in correctional facilities is manifest by coercion, stealing, and trafficking which contributes to lack of safety for staff and inmates. This article surveys the major features of diversion—why inmates do it, how they do it, and how to prevent it. Includes a comprehensive table of commonly diverted drugs, their principle uses and misuses.

Keywords: Formulary Controls; Medications with High Diversion Value

Affiliations:  1: Nurse Consultant.

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