Investigating Drug Theft in Eldercare Facilities

Theft of prescription medication, often called “drug diversion” by health care providers, is an invisible but widespread problem in assisted living facilities. Sometimes the culprit is an employee of the facility, or a visiting family member. But with opioid abuse on the rise, painkillers are in demand on the street, so they’re a target for thieves.

Drug diversion might sound like an issue of neglect, or a victimless crime. But what happens when an older patient, in pain after surgery, loses access to pain-control medications?

Drug theft harms everyone: patients, caregivers, the medical profession, and insurance companies. This is a very real situation that some elders face is the theft of their drugs, for personal use and for profit. If you suspect this is happening to your loved one,  or the loved one of someone you know-

Contact a specialist at Private Eyes Inc. today 866.PRI.EYES (774-3937).

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