Health care's hidden epidemic

A call to action on hospital drug diversion

The opioid epidemic has reached unprecedented depths – Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car accidents, according to a 2019 analysis by the National Safety Council. While other aspects of this devastating public health crisis have caught mainstream attention, drug diversion in U.S. hospitals – in which health care workers divert opiates and other controlled substances away from patients for personal use or sale – is largely underdiscussed.

But hospital diversion should not be ignored. According to the Joint Commission, the practice threatens patient safety by interfering with their pain relief and potentially exposing them to infectious diseases. It also jeopardizes heath care providers’ lives and livelihoods, damages hospital reputations, and can generate enormous fines.

To better understand diversion, the BD Institute for Medication Management Excellence commissioned KRC Research, a global public opinion research consultancy, to conduct a national survey of more than 650 hospital executives and providers to better understand hospital diversion perceptions, behaviors, and solutions.

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Those surveyed recognize diversion is a problem, with one eye-opening caveat: not in their own hospital.

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Health care professionals acknowledge preventing diversion is challenging, and say the tools they are using are only somewhat effective.


BD HealthSight™ Diversion Management utilizes machine learning algorithms and multiple dispensing behaviors to surface clinicians whose behavior indicates higher risk for diversion. Learn more.

Report

Research report
A call to action on hospital drug diversion


Best practices

Best practices
Five ways to address hospital drug diversion


Fact Sheet

Fact sheet
Review the key findings


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New report sheds light on health care’s ‘hidden’ epidemic and its role in the opioid crisis


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Infographic
Explore the vulnerabilities in injury, stress, opioid misuse and substance use disorder


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Blog
Hear from Ranjeet Banerjee, Worldwide President, Medication Management Solutions


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BD is a market leader in hospital products that can reduce the incidence of sharps injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Patient safety has been a focus of BD innovation for years, not only in the United States but also around the world. Working closely with organizations like the International Safety Center (EPINet) is an important part of our efforts to keep patients and workers safe.

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Hospitals and healthcare facilities

BD is a market leader in hospital products that can reduce the incidence of sharps injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Patient safety has been a focus of BD innovation for years, not only in the United States but also around the world. Working closely with organizations like the International Safety Center (EPINet) is an important part of our efforts to keep patients and workers safe.

Safety syringes and needles >>
Hazardous drug safety >>
Infection prevention >>

Hospitals and healthcare facilities

BD is a market leader in hospital products that can reduce the incidence of sharps injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Patient safety has been a focus of BD innovation for years, not only in the United States but also around the world. Working closely with organizations like the International Safety Center (EPINet) is an important part of our efforts to keep patients and workers safe.

Safety syringes and needles >>
Hazardous drug safety >>
Infection prevention >>

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Hear industry thought leaders address drug diversion issues of the rising opioid epidemic.

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2. CDC Laboratory quality assurance and standardization programs December 1,2014