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photo Pain Management or Drug Abuse
Continuing Education for Drug Diversion Investigators
By James Brodie

Law enforcement officers play a key role in minimizing the diversion of narcotic drugs into the illegal street market. Yet no investigator wants to do anything that would prevent controlled drugs from reaching those who truly need them. It's a difficult balancing act. New guidelines for treating severe and chronic pain call for doses of opioid medications considerably higher than used in the past, which has made the investigators' dilemma even tougher. With larger doses of opioids being regularly prescribed, how can investigators distinguish between legitimate patients and drug seekers? How can they tell the competent physician from the 'scrip doctor?' What about pharmacists who dispense large quantities of opioids? This engaging educational program will provide drug diversion investigators with practical tips and guidelines that will help them distinguish between legitimate medical practice and behavior that warrants an investigation. A Study Guide supplementing the video is included. It was written by Brian Goldman, MD, FACEP, MCFP(EM), in consultation with Ronald W. Buzzeo, RPh, former Deputy Director, Office of Diversion Control, USDEA.

21 minutes
© 2003
Purchase $189 VHS
Order No. QA-389
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-389-6

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"Issues related to pain management, substance abuse and drug diversion have become increasingly important within the health professions in the last decade. Each video emphasizes the importance of and the process for professional intervention for the impaired physician or pharmacist. Recommended."Educational Media Reviews Online

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