On February 14, Governor Markell signed into law House Bill No. 154, amending Titles 16 and 24 of the Delaware Code, as another action to help curb prescription drug abuse and diversion in Delaware. The law creates a new criminal offense and imposes penalties for diverting prescription drugs from a patient in a facility. More specifically, the law includes in the definition of “abuse” medication diversion “by knowingly, or intentionally, interrupting, obstructing, or altering the delivery or administration, of a prescription drug to a patient or resident” so long as the drug was prescribed or ordered by a healthcare provider for the patient or resident and where the diversion occurred without a prescription or order of a healthcare provider.
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