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From the Office of Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Drug Diversion Fraud/Pharmacy Fraud
Prescription drug abuse causes many more problems and is much more common than the common “street” drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Prescription drug abuse causes many deaths every day through mixing various medications or using the drugs for recreation when they were not medically prescribed for the individual. Because of the high desire of illegal prescription drugs, this makes medications very attractive for criminals. Drug diversion is where a prescription drug is taken out of the normal chain of commerce and diverted for sale or use in some illegal activity. Often these diverted drugs are billed to Medicaid before they are stolen.
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