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Big data could catch prescription drug thieves at hospitals. New tech tools promise to curb instances of doctors and nurses siphoning opioids for personal use but they could also exacerbate the problem and lead to costly lawsuits.

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  • Despite the fact that addiction is far from being understood, it's alarming that when providers steal drugs, they sell them, and divert them away from patients who truly need them. In that sense, harsh punishment seems appropriate in some cases--causing unnecessary pain in dying patients, for example

    Despite the fact that addiction is far from being understood, it's alarming that when providers steal drugs, they sell them, and divert them away from patients who truly need them. In that sense, harsh punishment seems appropriate in some cases--causing unnecessary pain in dying patients, for example, is a huge violation of the trust placed in providers.