Drug Diversion Investigations

Course Description

Diversion of controlled substances, particularly, the pharmaceutical form is generally recognized as a serious problem throughout the United States. Drug diversion by patients or individuals posing as patients, often results in harm including death to themselves or their associates. The goal of this program will introduce law enforcement members to the specific issues unique to drug diversion cases including understanding the roles of the various players in a drug diversion investigation including the federal government (Drug Enforcement Administration, and Food and Drug Administration), 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 expend into the area of pharmaceutical drug diversion investigations. Topics covered include drug identification, forged prescriptions, diversion in a hospital or medical facility and over prescribing cases. Students will be exposed to multi-media presentations, hands on aspects of a cases, hospital security features and sophisticated case solving exercises. Objectives will be met by the use of classroom lecture, discussion of actual cases and shared experiences of the instructors.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

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


Course Length

2 days (16 hours)

Who May Attend This Course