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2nd Annual Drug Diversion Conference June 14, 2016 at Rutgers University

This year's theme was "Drawing Up" Strategies to Prevent Drug Diversion in Healthcare Settings. More than 130 health professionals who attended represented acute care, ambulatory care, and long term care facilities, public health and professional organizations. Keynote speakers included: Kimberly New, JD, BSN, RN and Katrina Hansen, MPH. Laura Taylor, PhD, MCHES, provided an overview of the New Jersey drug diversion tabletop exercise pilot project. A multi-disciplinary panel of experts answered questions from the audience. Speakers included: Kim New, JD, BSN, RN and Katrina Hansen, MPH, as well as Stefanie Mozgai, RN, CPM; Jillian Scott, MSN, RN; Hortense Xenakis, RPh, CCP. See slides on the right.

Drug Diversion Pilot Program

The New Jersey team has developed a Drug Diversion Exercise activity. This exercise is being conducted as a pilot project in three New Jersey hospitals. The facilities have volunteered to participate in the exercise. Representatives from these facilities are also members of the New Jersey Drug Diversion Coalition. Scenarios were crafted by the NJ Safe Injection Practices team and members of the NJDOH Infection Control Committee, comprised of staff from the Communicable Disease Service, Environmental Health and Healthcare Facilities, Evaluation and Field Operations. Results and lessons learned will be shared with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other Safe Injection Practices state partners. 

Drug Diversion Coalition

The New Jersey Drug Diversion coalition was formed in the summer of 2015, after our first Drug Diversion Conference (Drug Diversion Defined: Steps to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Drug Diversion in Healthcare Facilities). The purpose of forming the coalition is for members to share best practices/lessons learned regarding drug diversion and to help healthcare facilities to reduce incidence of drug diversion. The coalition is comprised of members from various organizations such as healthcare facilities, state and federal partners, associations and professional licensing boards.

Safe Injection Ambassador Program

The New Jersey team is in the process of recruiting new Injection Safety Ambassadors for the next train-the-trainer workshop to be held March 29, 2016 from 9:30am-3pm in New Brunswick. Healthcare professionals from various disciplines are being recruited to help spread the safe injection practice message to healthcare professionals in various healthcare settings such as ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers, oncology treatment centers, endoscopy facilities, acute care facilities and long term care facilities. Click here to see flyer.

New Jersey's Safe Injection Practices Team

The New Jersey Department of Health has launched a campaign aimed at assuring safe injection practices in all healthcare settings. See the press release.

State Injection Safety Resources

New Jersey Infection Control Guidance on Glucometers

Barbara Montana, MD, MPH, FACP, Communicable Disease Medical Director, provides guidance for healthcare providers regarding use of glucometers. Please click here to see the document.