Narcotic Theft Continues To Plague Unprepared Departments

Narcotic Theft Continues To Plague Unprepared Departments

  • Post by : Teresa Searcy
  • May, 31 2015
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Narcotics theft today is rampant: as much as $1.8 billion in narcotics are stolen each year from cargo alone. That doesn’t include narcotics pilfered from fire trucks, ambulances, doctors’ and veterinarians’ offices, urgent care units, clinics, and hospitals.

April 25, 2015 The Columbus Dispatch reported – Columbus police are investigating the possible theft of narcotics from two Columbus fire stations after several bottles of painkillers disappeared within a 24-hour period. There is growing suspicion within the division that a firefighter or paramedic took the drugs.

A review after the drugs disappeared found broken and malfunctioning locks in 13 ambulances. In some instances, the logs kept in fire stations of who had the drugs and when they were dispersed and records of how much was still on board were not kept up-to-date.

April 29, 2015 Dispatch News reported – A former Middletown paramedic was indicted for theft in office charges for allegedly stealing morphine from life squads in Middletown and Fairfield Twp.

The fire and police departments conducted a thorough investigation and the paramedic eventually confessed, according to the chief. If he is found guilty he could face four-and-a-half years in prison.

Keys or PIN numbers alone are no longer enough to ensure security and accountability for emergency narcotics access. Across the country, reductions in schedule II drug inventories are having a critical impact on patient care, staff integrity, liability, and the bottom line. 

This has led to regulatory demands for an access audit trail – MedixSafe offers unique, field-tested security solutions to meet those demands and keep narcotics safe.

Our solution is the MedixSafe M2 Vanguard. The M2 Vanguard is a M2 Narcotics Locker with a Vanguard 2 reader upgrade.