This course introduces law enforcement members to the specific issues unique to drug diversion cases. Students will learn the roles of the various players in a drug diversion investigation including the federal government (DEA and FDA), the particular state enforcement agencies, insurance fraud units, private health care companies, pharmaceutical companies, and local or county aspects, including the coroner’s office. This course will provide a resource base, strategies, and step-by-step guidelines for the law enforcement officer who wants to expand into the area of pharmaceutical drug diversion investigations. Topics covered include drug identification, doctor shopping, forged prescriptions, diversion in a hospital or medical facility, and overprescribing cases. Students will be exposed to multi-media presentations, hands-on aspects of cases, hospital security features, and sophisticated case solving exercises.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the policy, law enforcement, industry, and professional landscape of drug diversion in the United States.
  • Determine whether a factual circumstance involves a diversion issue.
  • Understand if there is a case, whether the investigation requires assistance from other agencies or private industry.
  • Discover where to obtain evidence for a diversion case.
  • Avoid privacy issues and HIPAA litigation.
  • Prepare an investigative action plan.
  • Understand the distinction between a possession and intent to deliver prescription drug case.
  • Communicate with healthcare facilities during an investigation.
  • Supervise a diversion investigation for an agency.
  • Locate and properly select an expert.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement