Reducing Controlled Substances Diversion in Hospitals California Hospital Association Medication Safety Committee
The attached road map is intended for acute care settings as a
plan to help navigate controlled substance diversion prevention
goals. The document provides a recommended framework to
coordinate the needed resources and technology for an optimal
diversion prevention program. Actions taken pursuant to this
framework should be reflected in a standardized set of processes
within the organization to ensure that they are maintained.
Some actions are required by law or regulation while some may be
good recommendations to have in place. Ultimately, each
organization is responsible for developing a diversion prevention
plan that protects patients from impaired care providers (i.e.,
to the extent it affects a provider’s ability to practice the
profession or occupation authorized by his or her license, or is
discovered or known to have engaged in the theft, diversion, or
self-use of controlled substances within the organization).