Policy Paper

Strengthening Efforts to Combat Prescription Drug Diversion

Containing Costs and Reducing Burdens on First Responders and Law Enforcement

PhRMA May 5, 2016

The impact of drug diversion goes beyond just the cost of the prescription drugs that have been diverted for illicit purposes. Prescription drug diversion not only results in increased costs to the health care system through doctor shopping and other forms of fraud, but it also results in increased burden on first responders and law enforcement who face the human toll of addiction and overdose and its devastating consequences.