Medication safety
Prescription drug safety - A priority for Cardinal Health

As part of its mission to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare, Cardinal Health is committed to ensuring the safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain. This includes understanding and addressing the issue of the abuse of prescription drugs. From the very highest levels, Cardinal Health has embraced its responsibility and engaged employees, pharmacists and local communities in raising awareness about this serious social issue to keep prescription medications out of the wrong hands.


Medication safety

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Diversion along the supply chain

Diversion along the supply chain

Any time a prescription is not where it's supposed to be, it is called "diversion". Learn more
Abuse in homes and communities

Abuse in homes and communities

The DEA reports that almost one-third of the incidences of drug abuse or death can be attributed to diversion of legitimate prescription drugs. Learn more

In our company - Supply chain integrity

As an industry leader, Cardinal Health is committed to addressing the important challenge of diversion through our Suspicious Order Monitoring program and through on-going education, training and communication with our employees and customers. Learn more

GenerationRx Outreach Program

The Cardinal Health Foundation has teamed up with The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy to promote the prevention of prescription drug abuse and misuse with the GenerationRx Outreach Initiative. Learn more
Resources to learn more

Resources to learn more

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Important messages
Important messages

"Our nation is in the throes of an epidemic of controlled prescription drug abuse and addition."

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Chairman and President of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse


One dies every 19 minutes

It’s true — every 19 minutes, one American dies from an unintentional drug overdose. And we aren’t talking about illegal street drugs — we’re talking about prescription drugs found right in your own medicine cabinet. The fact is, more Americans die from prescription drug abuse than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined.

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