Drug diversion can appear to be a tricky phrase, but in the simplest terms, it refers to the diverting of a prescription drug into the illegal market. For example, if you are prescribed a painkiller after surgery, then you offer or sell that drug to a friend or family member, you are diverting its original destination and intention, which is illegal.
Risks of Drug Diversion
Too many people fail to see the severity of diverting their prescriptions. Many people assume that they help people with similar symptoms who cannot afford health insurance, but this way of thinking is a dangerous oversimplification.
Prescriptions are written for the specific needs of individuals. Most people do not understand the intricacies that go into diagnosis and fail to understand the consequences of blindly giving their pills away or selling them. Prescription drugs can be addictive and dangerous. By handing over your prescription, you are risking the health of the recipient.
Beyond worries for health and safety, diverting prescriptions increases health care costs. The people who give their drugs away still need those prescriptions for themselves, which means refilling more than expected. Those costs must be absorbed, and insurance agencies will transfer the expense back to the consumer, meaning increased premiums.
Despite the assumption and tone of this article so far, patients are not the only guilty people. While no one wants o to believe it, doctors, nurses, medical assistants, and even friends and family are potential dealers or contributors to the problem.
Medical professionals, those with a responsibility to their patients, often have the easiest access to the drugs, and through manipulation of legal documents, they can distribute drugs on a massive scale. Because of their responsibility and communal trust, medical professionals can often receive the most severe sentences for their actions.
Drug manufacturing companies can also participate in the illegal diversion and distribution of prescribed substances. While the corporation may not act wholly, the individuals working within the production departments have access and the means to distribute.
While local and federal governments can impose regulations on the industry and medical professionals, it is challenging to control patients. The best prevention is to use prescription drugs as prescribed and to report any suspicious activity.
While it is natural to want to help people who are hurting, know that handing out or selling your prescriptions is wrong. If you are worried about the consequences of your actions or were arrested for drug diversion, contact a local lawyer, like a drug lawyer from the Law Office of Daniel J. Wright, today.