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When Medical Caring Turns into Criminal Killing

Program Type



1 Contact Hour(s)

Release Date

Friday, February 22, 2019

Offline Date:

Monday, June 14, 2021

ACPE Expiration Date

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Target Audience

Nurse, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Technician



  • Overview

    This webinar provides an overview of the role health professionals can play in preventing murder with medication committed by other health professionals. Pharmaceutical products are sometimes viewed as “the perfect weapon” by criminals who have access to pharmaceuticals and the opportunity to use them as murder weapons. This webinar uses a case-study approach to examine situations in which pharmaceuticals have been diverted from therapeutic use to homicidal purposes, as well as the legal consequences to the perpetrator and those who inadvertently allowed the perpetrator to use the pharmaceuticals in the commission of crimes.


    Slide Document:   18120H03_6pp.pdf
    Slide Document:   18120H03_2pp.pdf

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    PharmCon, Inc.
  • Nurse

    Describe the motives of health care professionals who use pharmaceuticals as murder weapons.
    Evaluate systems that can reduce access to medications for criminal purposes.
    Develop a program that reduces the likelihood of murder by medication in a health care setting.


    Recognize the ways in which pharmaceutical products have been used to intentionally kill patients in a health care setting
    Illustrate how a pharmacy may unintentionally allow access to pharmaceuticals by a health professional whose intent is to kill a patient
    Develop a procedure to prohibit access to pharmaceuticals by those who would use them as murder weapons

    Pharmacy Technician

    List the drugs that are commonly used in pharmaceutical homicide.
    Identify characteristics of health care murderers.
    Explain the need to speak up when things “just do not seem right.”

  • Activity Type


    Universal Activity Number

    Nurse 0798-0000-18-120-H03-P

    Pharmacist 0798-0000-18-120-H03-P

    Pharmacy Technician 0798-0000-18-120-H03-T

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    In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, participants must score no less than a 70% on the activity's test and complete a program evaluation.

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