Pharmacist's Pledge: Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse

During the 2015 NABP Annual Meeting, held May 16-19, 2015, in New Orleans, LA, pharmacists were invited to help fight prescription drug abuse by taking a pledge.

Live the Pledge

Need ideas on how to become more involved and implement the pledge? Learn how to fight prescription drug abuse in your community.

Pharmacists Resources 

A variety of materials are available, both print and electronic, that offer advice for pharmacists on combating prescription drug abuse. Choose a subject from the list below.

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

On October 9, 2014, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the final regulations to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. The regulations allow authorized non-law enforcement agencies to collect controlled substances provided they are DEA registrants and obtain approval to become authorized collectors. As state controlled substance laws vary, and DEA registrants need time to comply with the rule, please contact your pharmacy, law enforcement, municipality, or board of pharmacy to obtain state-specific information. Learn more about DEA's new rules on how pharmacies and long-term health care facilities can participate.

If your pharmacy has begun to collect controlled substances, please contact AWARXE at and we will update your information in the Locator Tool

Watching for the “Red Flags” of Diversion

During NABP's 110th Annual Meeting, in Phoenix, AZ, the Association presented a video created in conjunction with the Anti-Diversion Industry Working Group, a consortium of pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors. Titled "Red Flags," the video uses real-life scenarios to educate pharmacists on how to identify the warning signs of prescription drug abuse and diversion when dispensing controlled substance prescriptions.

Watch the Red Flags video on YouTube.

Posters, Flyers, and Presentations


The Michigan Board of Pharmacy presented an educational poster, “Protect the Public—Inspect What You Expect in Michigan: A Board Member’s Guide to Differentiating Between Manufacturing and Compounding Pharmacy,” (PDF) during NABP’s 109th Annual Meeting. The poster explains the differences between manufacturing and compounding and sterile pharmaceutical compounding versus nonsterile pharmaceutical compounding.

Also, pharmacists can always feel free to contact their state boards of pharmacy for additional tips.

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 gather and disseminate critical information to help protect pharmacists, guard against potential robberies, and assist law enforcement in their efforts to successfully apprehend and prosecute those involved in controlled substance pharmacy crime. RxPATROL is an initiative designed to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate pharmacy theft intelligence to law enforcement throughout the nation. It also provides tools to pharmacies such as a security checklist and online training videos discussing pharmacy safety and security.

The Health Care Professionals section of Rx Safety Matters provides information on education resources, combating pharmacy theft, risk evaluation and mitigation strategies, and other topics for health care providers. Links to training videos and other educational materials are provided.

Federal Agency Resources

The following government agencies provide helpful information:

Drug Enforcement Administration

Office of Diversion Control

Food and Drug Administration

Office of Criminal Investigations
Counterfeit Medicine

Environmental Protection Agency

Best Management Practices for Unused Pharmaceuticals at Health Care Facilities

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