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Employees Stealing Narcotics - Addiction or Disability? Can It Be Prevented?


MedixSafe Offers A Solution To Stop Employee Narcotics Theft At The Source.

(PRWEB) October 31, 2012

Memphis, TN: In most cases, narcotics theft is both an addiction and a disability. The addiction forces poor choices that left them “impaired.” Hospitals, clinics, local and federal courts as well as government agencies have gone back and forth on accountability issues. MedixSafe, leader in narcotics security solutions offers prevention and accountability.

Many regulatory colleges in Canada strive to avoid disciplinary proceedings when a nurse or medical employee has stolen narcotics. In a 2010 ruling, an Ontario labor arbitrator overturned the firing of a nurse in Waterloo who had stolen OxyCotin, Percocet and other medication from her hospital over a two-year period, noting that she did so because of her addiction, and had fully recovered.

Yet in a fascinating Alberta Canada Court of Appeal case decision last month (1003-0287-AC Alberta Court of Appeals), two Alberta nurses challenged the disciplinary charges levied against them, arguing the addiction that triggered their actions was a disability, meaning they should not have been subject to punitive action. The court ruled 2-1 against them, but the case illuminates a little-talked-about substance-abuse problem among nurses and medical staff, and debate over how authorities should handle drug theft fuelled by uncontrolled addiction.

Unfortunately, little statistical data is available as many thefts are handled in house or with quiet terminations. However, here is some general data to employee theft.

  •      Nearly one-third of all employees commit some degree of employee theft, according to Department of Justice.
  •      The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that 75% of employees steal from the workplace and that most do so repeatedly.
  •      The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft and Spending, estimate that one-third of all corporate bankruptcies are directly caused by employee theft.

The cases that make the news are like the two nurses in Alberta that stole hundred of pills or the case two weeks ago where a Princeton Fire Chief was arraigned on drug theft charges or the veterinarian hospital employee that is wanted and on the run with 59 drug charges.

MedixSafe offers the best solution!

#1 Prevention – Multi-credential requirements are essential to maintain a safe environment for narcotics. One of the best ways to control narcotics is thru Authenticated Access. Authenticated access is accomplished by using a card; a biometric finger print reader and/or an eye scan reader plus the use of a PIN. A PIN number can be entered in by anyone but a card is in a person's possession and access to this card is much harder to acquire than getting his or her PIN number. A fingerprint plus a card or a PIN is the best method for authenticating access to a narcotics cabinet, locker, or safe.

#2 Accountability – MedixSafe combines the security and ease of scanning a fingerprint with the power and efficiency of remote network administration – not only enforcing authorized access, but tracing access for unprecedented accountability. Any PC-based computer, with internet access, can be equipped to remotely manage and monitor any number of mobile units. The M2 unit stores up to 50,000 events and will serve up to 1,500 users.

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MedixSafe was created by ESSC, a Memphis-based, electronic security and network cabling company with over 30 years in the security arena. Find them on the Web at or video at

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