“Paws Off Those Meds” Partnering with Your Local Veterinary Profession to Reduce Diversion

2:15 PM
3:30 PM
National Harbor 12-13


As prevention efforts have led to reductions in prescribing of controlled substances, people struggling with addiction are seeking alternative means of access. One such means is the diversion of medications prescribed by Veterinarians for animal use. Vets prescribe opioid pain killers, benzodiazepines, and other misused medications frequently for their animal patients. Diversion of these medications has been recognized as a growing problem which has not been widely understood or addressed in the animal care professions.

This session will detail a collaborative project between Power of Putnam and Tennessee Tech University to study and respond to this problem in what has now become a national level effort funded by The AmerisourceBergen Foundation. Participants will learn practical ways to develop community level collaborations with the Vet profession to provide resources, training, technical assistance, best practices, recognizing drug seeking behaviors, overdose reversal & referral.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

1. Understand and describe the problem of diversion of animal prescriptions to human misuse

2. Provide educational tools and technical assistance to reduce diversion at the local level

3. Form community level partnerships and collaborations with the Vet profession to deploy strategies


Bill Gibson
Colaition Director
Power of Putnam
Steven Seiler, PhD
Director, TnTech Addiction Prevention & Support Coalition
Tennessee Technological University
Meggan T. Graves
DVM Clinical Associate Professor
University of Tennessee