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Prescription Drug Diversion

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. Commonly abused classes of prescription drugs include opioids (for pain), central nervous system (CNS) depressants (for anxiety and sleep disorders), and stimulants (for ADHD and narcolepsy).

To provide patrol officers, front line supervisors and detectives information pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of prescription fraud, Prescription Drug Diversion is coming to the University of Arkansas at Monticello on April 5, 2017.

Through this 7-hour course, participants will learn how to effectively handle calls from pharmacists and doctor’s offices, implement unique investigative techniques, and read a prescription order. The course will also identify different agencies that can provide intelligence information in an investigation, along with a discussion of HIPPA regulations.  The differences between State and Federal statutes will be discussed to ensure that each officer is presenting the best possible case in court.

The course will be instructed by John Kirtley, Executive Director of the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy. John is the media and legislative contact for the Board of Pharmacy and represents the Board on issues related to the profession of pharmacy. He also currently serves as the President of MALTAGON, a Professional Association of Boards of Pharmacy.

For more information, contact: Rita Davis at 501-570-8042 or Matt Modrak at 501-570-8060.