Diversion is a Threat to Patient Safety: Adopting Best Practices for Safe Management of Controlled Substances


Drug diversion in healthcare is a serious matter, but the extent of the problem is widely unknown because it often not detected or reported. Statistics from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the America Nurses Association suggest that about 10% of health care workers are abusing drugs. Drug diversion negatively impacts patient and staff safety and can result in significant fines to hospitals and health systems for inadequate safeguards.

Join the faculty as they explore the often-unrecognized risks as well as the various safety ramifications of drug diversion.  

Intended Audience:

  • Medication Safety and Patient Safety Officers

  • Risk Management and Quality Managers

  • Medication Safety Committees

  • Nurses

  • Pharmacists

  • Pharmacy Technicians

  • Physicians

Learning Objectives: 

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impact of diversion in the healthcare system and the safety of medication use.

  2. Identify nursing practices that support medication safety and eliminate risk for drug diversion.


Christina Michalek, BSc Pharm, RPh, FASHP, Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP

Barbara Nickel, MSN, RN, APRN-CNS, CCRN, CRNI, Faculty, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing



This activity is funded by Fresenius Kabi. 

CE Accreditation

No continuing education credits are available for this activity.