FBI-LEEDA is an executive training company for law enforcement. In response to the increase in prescription drug overdose fatalities and the rise of prescription drug thefts, FBI-LEEDA partnered with Purdue Pharma, L.P. — a pharmaceutical company. Together they are training law enforcement personnel on how to identify prescription drugs on the street. Officers are taught the terminology commonly used in pharmacies and what to look for on prescriptions. According to the PoliceOne.com website, since 2010, the company has trained nearly 2,000 officers.
Course attendees receive National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators—NADDI—cards which contain pictures of commonly diverted prescription drugs. Course attendees learn to use the Rx Pattern Analysis Tracking Robberies & Other Losses—PATROL. RxPATROL provides information on pharmacy break-ins. The system maintains information on what drugs were stolen, which provides law enforcement leads on what to look for on the street. RxPATROL also maintains data on the nature of pharmacy break-ins: when they occurred and on what days. This information assists law enforcement to anticipate what pharmacy might next be targeted.
Online, onsite and a myriad of training topics
NADDI also provides prescription drug training for law enforcement, regulatory agents, health professionals, health care fraud investigators, advocacy and treatment professionals and the pharmaceutical industry. On its website, NADDI maintains a calendar of upcoming training sessions. Depending on the nature of the training, sessions last one afternoon or multiple days. For example, the Basic Rx Diversion School lasts three days. Topics include:
- Forged and Altered Prescriptions – Doctor Shopping
- Scams Shams and Alprazolam
- Interactive Pill Mill Investigations
- New Trends in Drugs of Abuse – Rx and Synthetics
Policetraining.net is a website that offers onsite and online classes for law enforcement. On the drugs webpage, prescription drug training topics for the upcoming calendar year include:
- Pharmaceutical Drugs Abuse & Diversion
- National Precursor Log Exchange
- Drug Investigations for Street Officers and New Investigators
- Criminal and Drug Interdiction Techniques
The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center provides training to law enforcement on how state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program’s work and how to retrieve and use information from the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database. Instruction focuses on law enforcement access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program database and on how to generate specific reports using the program data parameters.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — CDC — has described prescription drug abuse in the U.S. as a national epidemic. According to the CDC, more people die from prescription overdoses than do in automobile accidents. If you are someone you know is addicted to prescription painkillers or any other pharmaceutical drug, please contact us. We can help.