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Press Release

Michigan Practitioner Diversion Awareness Training

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan


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Working to reduce prescription drug abuse

          GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States and every day we see the impact that prescription drug abuse has on our neighborhoods. This crisis is destroying communities throughout our nation. In an effort to address this epidemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and co-sponsor, the Federation of State Medical Boards, present the Michigan Practitioner Diversion Awareness Training.

          This invitation-only training is for DEA-registered physicians, dentists, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. The objective is to provide information and tools to address prescription drug abuse and addiction. The training will include topics such as the DEA Diversion Control mission, Michigan Automated Prescription System and state legislative updates, health care fraud and diversion, electronic prescribing, and the physiology of addiction. A positive response is expected from Michigan’s nearly 53,000 practitioners who are currently registered with the DEA.

          The Michigan Practitioner Diversion Awareness Training will be held Friday, June 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Grand Valley State University (Loosemore Auditorium) located at 401 Fulton Street W., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and a live stream of this event is available to DEA-registered practitioners. Registration for this training is currently closed.

          There will be media availability between 7:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Kathy Federico, Diversion Program Manager of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Detroit Field Division, will be in attendance and available for comments to the media after opening event remarks.

Updated June 4, 2019