Combatting Drug Diversion with Artificial Intelligence

As Covid-19 overwhelmed hospitals, another deadly epidemic raged in the background. One that became exasperated by the hardships of Covid-19 and led to over 200,000 deaths in 2020 and 2021 combined: drug abuse.

Despite being on a steady decline since 2017, overdoses increased 30% from 2019 to 2020 and 15% from 2020 to 2021, with synthetic opioids like fentanyl responsible for most of those fatalities. These spiking numbers underscore another emergency that no hospital is immune from—drug diversion: the theft of medications intended for patients.

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