CDC Shares Resources on the Risks of Healthcare-associated Infections from Drug Diversion
The new CDC web page, as part of CDC’s broader injection safety activities, focuses on the risks of healthcare-associated infections from drug diversion. When prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally, it is called drug diversion. A major driver of drug diversion is addiction to prescription narcotics called opioids which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. This webpage focuses on diversion involving healthcare providers who misappropriate controlled substances such as opioids for their own use and includes information on outbreaks, prevention resources, enforcement agencies, state health department reports, and select publications.
CDC has also posted a number of blogs about drug diversion in its Safe Healthcare Blog. The CDC found that by ensuring that health care facilities implement strong narcotics security measures and active monitoring systems to prevent and detect diversion activities, the risk of viral hepatitis infections associated with drug diversion can be reduced. Learn how you can help prevent drug diversion and related healthcare-associated infections.