Prescription Drug Diversion Clinical Management and Protection
(Covers: Pain Management, Opioid Management, Opioid Misuse and Addiction )
COPE #84714-PH | OBO #1167 (Pain Management)
(Covers: Pain Management, Opioid Management, Opioid Misuse and Addiction )
Event #126501


The purpose of this course is to inform and educate the optometric practitioner on strategies to identify drug seeking behavior within clinical practice. The goal is to help prevent the diversion of prescription drugs into the illicit market, while at the same time ensure that controlled substances continue to be available for legitimate medical purposes. Currently, the misuse of prescription medications, including prescription pain relievers, central nervous system stimulants and depressants, is a serious crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. Even as our awareness of the problem grows, illicit prescription drug use continues to devastate communities and families, affecting people from all walks of life, all age groups, and all socio-economic backgrounds. This presentation will also provide participants vital information on the scope of this national epidemic, the national laws governing controlled substances, and the privacy issues on reporting suspected diversion. Finally, will discuss how optometry can work, in partnership, to reduce the risk of prescription drug abuse and addiction.


  • Reporting requirementsWhat is a provider’s role in preventing drug diversion
  • What are the strategies for prevention, detection, and responseHIPAA and Privacy Issues
  • What is drug diversion and why should it matter to optometristsWhat are the laws regarding drug diversion


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Getting to know our speakers

Dr. Ken Eakland

Dr. Eakland served as the Associate Dean for Clinical Programs at the College of Optometry from 1999-2013 and served as Interim Dean in 2006. In that role, he oversaw the management of the college's network of five community clinics within the greater Portland area. He also served as the externship director, where he was responsible for curriculum and development of more than 100 external sites for College of Optometry students. These sites are located throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and Germany. He also served as the residency director for the nine residency programs affiliated with Pacific University College of Optometry. As residency director, he was responsible for the overall coordination and development of post-graduate residency programs. He has been instrumental in the development and teaching of the Advanced Ocular Therapeutics course and Injectibles Workshops for the Oregon Optometric Physician Association (OOPA). He was honored by the OOPA as Optometrist of the Year for 2005.

Dr. Eakland is well known for his interest in cutting-edge technology, and is a popular speaker throughout the United States and Canada. His information-rich lectures, rapid-fire lecture style and creative use of presentation technology keeps the audience glued to their seats.

He plays as hard as he works. He is a Kite Buggy enthusiast and spent a recent Thanksgiving break at the "Dead Bird Buggy Bash," a kite buggy regatta held each November over the Thanksgiving holiday in Galveston, Texas.