Prescription drug misuse and abuse continues to be a major problem in the state of Tennessee. Drug diversion investigators are now aggressively pursuing those who overprescribe, “doctor shop” or illegally sell scheduled prescription drugs.
The TBI Drug Investigation Division has become actively involved in the creation of a Statewide Drug Diversion Task Force. The abuse of prescription controlled substances in Tennessee has become a major concern for local, state, and federal agencies. The criminal diversion of these drugs encompasses everything from prescription fraud by individual addicts to profit motivated traffickers. The spectrum of violators is broad and includes healthcare practitioners and patients, pain management clinics, traditional pharmacies, and Internet pharmacies. Currently, the statewide task force has four regional task forces across the state. The efforts of these task forces will be to information share, investigate and curtail this ever-growing problem.