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Managing Opioid Diversion and Abuse

Many prescribers are faced with ethical and legal dilemmas stemming from patients who they suspect might be diverting their prescription drugs.  And it’s going to be difficult for prescribers to detect this deception because even police officers have difficulty doing so. And if a physician or prescriber suspects that their patient is diverting or suspects that they have a substance abuse problem and they subsequently deny them medication, there is the possibility that this person actually needs that medication and essentially they are denying them pain relief.

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