Tools to Stay Ahead of the Curve

The pharmacy landscape is always changing. Take advantage of the materials below to stay up-to-date about current issues that pharmacists may face. Offerings are available to educate yourself, your colleagues, or your patients. Preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse can start with you!

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Watching for the ‘Red Flags’ of Diversion

NABP and the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, created “Red Flags” to educate pharmacists on how to identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing controlled substance prescriptions. Or view the Red Flags Video on YouTube.

Addiction Treatment Resources & Abuse Prevention

The links below can provide information or help to those who are addicted or their loved ones:

Educational Flyers

Print or link to the AWARxE flyers below to help educate patients or members of your community about important prescription drug safety information.

Pharmacists’ Pledge: Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

The pledge is intended to encourage pharmacists to reach out to their community in an effort to prevent prescription drug abuse. Pledge to take your knowledge, skills, and experience to another level!

Have you already taken the pledge? Great! Use these tips to learn how to fight prescription drug abuse in your community.


Rules for Collecting Controlled Substances at Pharmacies and Long-Term Care Facilities

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) allows authorized non-law enforcement agencies to collect controlled substances (CS) provided they are DEA registrants and obtain approval to become authorized collectors.

Canadian Online Pharmacies Shipping into the US

Federal law prohibits non-US pharmacies from shipping prescription medicines into the US. Also, rogue online pharmacies know that US citizens are more likely to trust online Canadian pharmacies, so they pretend to be based in Canada when in fact they could be based anywhere in the world.

Pharmacy Robberies

The prescription drug abuse epidemic has led to an increase in dangerous pharmacy robberies.

  • RxPATROL (Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies and Other Losses) is designed to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate critical information to law enforcement throughout the nation, help protect pharmacists, and guard against potential robberies. The group has helpful online training videos for pharmacists.
  • The Health Care Professionals section of Rx Safety Matters provides education and resources about combating pharmacy theft, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, and other topics for health care providers.

Federal Agency Resources

The following government agencies provide helpful information:

NABP Resources

NABP offers several programs and services addressing prescription drug abuse, medication safety, counterfeit medications, and rogue internet drug outlets.