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Drug Diversion

Drug diversion is the act of illegally obtaining prescription medications by a healthcare worker for his or her own use. This can result in several kinds of patient harm, including: 



  • Substandard care delivered by a healthcare provider,
  • Denial of essential pain medication or therapy, or
  • Risk of infection (e.g., Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or bacterial pathogens) if a provider tampers with injectable drugs.

Read the North Carolina Memo to Local Health Departments.

Safe Injection Connection Training Class

NC Division of Public Health

FREE half-day injection safety training program, Safe Injection Connection, will be offered by the NC DPH on Monday, March 21, 2016 from 8:30am-12:30pm in Raleigh, NC. Participants will be part of a network of trainers to educate healthcare providers (physician offices, outpatient clinics, adult care homes, etc) about safe injection practices. If you want to be part of this important campaign, register for this course! Contact the HAI team: nchai[at][dot]gov

NC DPH Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention Program has an Injection Safety Webpage

NC providers and patients can learn about safe injection practices right on the NC DPH website! Key messages about safe injection practices are provided, along with links to the One & Only Campaign and CDC injection safety and safe diabetes care websites.

Click here to visit the page.

NC SPICE and NC DPH Communication Collaboration

The Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (NC SPICE) and the NC DPH are collaborating on injection safety communication. The SPICE-sponsored "Infection Control Report" blog has current information, literature and news from NC infection prevention experts, including information about injection safety and the One & Only Campaign.

N.C. DHHS Cautions Against Sharing Diabetes Care Equipment (March 2013)

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services issued a press release on March 14th cautioning diabetic patients to protect themselves against the risk of disease transmission from shared insulin pens. This warning came after the recent report of insulin pens being used on more than one patient at a North Carolina-based hospital, as well as two New York hospitals earlier this year. Click here to view the press release.

State Injection Safety Resources

Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care

Click here to view and download the new NC DPH publication "Diabetes and Viral Hepatitis: Important Information on Safe Diabetes Care."


Infection Control Report Blog

Information from NC SPICE and NC DPH about healthcare-associated infections, including injection safety, can be found at the Infection Control Report Blog.


2012 NC Communicable Disease Conference Poster

Click here to see the 2012 Communicable Disease Conference poster from the NC One & Only Campaign.