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Identifying and Supporting an Impaired Healthcare Worker
What is drug diversion? What are the signs of substance use in a healthcare worker? How might we use technology to identify this early on? And how do we support colleagues who might be struggling with substance use?

Studies show about one in ten healthcare providers are using or abusing drugs (1). This matches the rate in the general population but increased access to controlled substances and patient safety concerns makes hospital drug diversion all the more serious. Join Jake Nichols, a pharmacist with a story of addiction and recovery, as we spend time discussing all of this and more.

Jake Nichols is a pharmacist in long‐term recovery with extensive experience in community pharmacy, academia, primary care, managed care, and the pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, with a focus on medication for addiction treatment. He regularly speaks at conferences across the country, highlighting his experiences as a patient, along with the importance and value of treatment. Through his fifteen-year struggle with substance use, he found his calling in the field and has dedicated his career to helping patients and their families suffering from this debilitating chronic disease. By providing clinical support for clinicians treating patients with substance use disorder and serving as a vocal advocate for treatment, Jake has established himself as a key resource within the field.

Top outcomes of this CE-accredited webinar are:

1. Understanding what is drug diversion.
2. Recognize signs of diversion and signs of an impaired healthcare worker.
3. Understand the ways in which technology can help identify an impaired healthcare worker.
4. Identify ways to provide support to potentially impaired healthcare workers.

This webinar is accredited for both pharmacists and pharmacy techs.

1. Drug diversion and impaired health care workers. Quick Safety. April 15, 2019;(48):1-3.

Sep 20, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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