A 2014 study conducted by the University of New England School of Pharmacy indicates that Diversion Alert provides new, actionable information distinct from data found in Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program.
76% of individuals arrested for Rx drug* trafficking were NOT in Maine’s PMP
*Rx drugs reviewed were Schedule II-IV controlled substances.
Data from a tri-state quasi-experimental study conducted in 2013-2014 indicates the following improvements are associated with Diversion Alert:
• Improved attentiveness to prescribing:
I am more attentive to my prescribing practices for
all my patients as a result of Diversion Alert.
• Increased communication with other care providers about shared patients.
• Increased awareness of patients abusing or diverting prescription drugs;
• Increased use of prescribing practices that prevent illegal access to prescriptions.
In 2008, ASAP Coalition in Aroostook County, Maine, heard of a prescription drug arrest registry that was distributed to prescribers in the Waterville, Maine, area by the Waterville Police Department. Observing the need for a similar program in the County, ASAP Coalition formed a work group which included a health care provider and law enforcement personnel. The work group developed a way to gather drug related charges from multiple law enforcement agencies and created a format for a regional drug charge report for prescribers, pharmacists and law enforcement. Diversion Alert launched in Aroostook County in January, 2009. It expanded to Penobscot, Piscataquis, Washington and Hancock counties in 2011 and, with funding from the Maine Attorney General’s Office, it launched statewide in June, 2013.
Below is a brief video which describes Diversion Alert’s beginnings and impact in Aroostook County, Maine.
Click on the link below to hear a Maine Public Radio news piece about Diversion Alert which aired in 2015.