Prescription Drug Diversion Clinical Management and Protection
COPE #84273-EJ | OBO #1168 (law & Ethics)
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
Dr. Ken Eakland
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.