Medication diversion in hospice is a growing concern, especially in light of the opioid epidemic.

Over 90% of hospice and palliative care patients are prescribed opioid medications for pain management, and many individuals receive home care.1 Prescription medications at home can be a source of diversion among family and friends, especially those with a history of substance abuse. Pharmacists can play an important role in managing patients’ pain as well as preventing drug diversion. In a study published in JAMA, a national survey of hospices was conducted…