Hospital drug theft by employees and patients

Medical giant Kaiser Permanente, along with other hospitals, doctor offices and pharmacies,  face a real threat of employees and patients stealing popular black-market pharmaceutical medications. Medical establishments aim not only to prevent theft and substance abuse, but to consider the safety of individuals taking unprescribed medication, and their potential liability.

Pharmaceutical drawers locked with Digilock locks are displayed at a trade show in Netherlands.

Just this past summer, prescription opiates including oxycodone and morphine went missing from Hunter Hospital in Hunter New England. According to reports, 13 types of drugs were lost or stolen in 40 incidents between January 1, 2009, and April 11, 2011.

Hospitals are becoming increasingly aware of the possibility for people to use medication inappropriately, and illegally obtain desirable pharmaceuticals for themselves or for sale on the black market.

Many medical establishments are responding by increasing their security. Kaiser Permanente, for example, has installed Digilock locks to secure medicine drawers and cabinets. Four-digit passcodes are revealed only to authorized personnel, and are changed regularly and easily by the managing physicians or administrators.

Digilock locks are used by pharmacies and medical facilities worldwide to safeguard pharmaceutical medication against theft and abuse.

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