During this hour-long broadcast, learn from two experienced drug diversion investigators. They’ll teach the importance of getting doctors and pharmacies on law enforcement’s side. We’ll see what drugs are being abused, how people get access to them, and how to investigate the cases. Also, see what obstacles stand in law enforcement’s way.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how big the problems of prescription drug abuse and diversion are
  • See what drugs are being abused
  • Learn what drug diversion is and how to investigate it
  • Discover what obstacles are out there to hinder law enforcement

Originally Aired: October 26, 2006


Bill Stivers

Detective Sergeant, Louisville Metro Police, Louisville, KY

Sergeant Stivers is a 19-year veteran of the Louisville Kentucky Metropolitan Police Department and currently supervises the Pharmaceutical Drug Diversion Squad. Sgt. Stivers’ previous assignments have included Patrol, SWATT, Criminal Investigation and Illicit Narcotics Investigation.

Sgt. Stivers publishes the monthly Rx Newsletter highlighting prescription drug fraud/abuse trends in the Louisville metro area. The Rx Newsletter is circulated to more than 1000 law enforcement and medical professionals in an effort to combat prescription drug fraud/abuse. Sgt. Stivers also developed the “Rx Alert” system, which allows instantaneous notification to law enforcement and medical professionals of prescription drug fraud activity.

Sgt. Stivers provides prescription drug fraud/abuse training seminars to law enforcement, healthcare and medical professionals throughout the United States.

Lisa McElhaney

Detective Sergeant, Broward County, FL Sheriff’s Office

Sergeant Lisa McElhaney is a 17-year veteran of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to the Strategic Investigations Division as the supervisor of the Drug Diversion Unit. McElhaney has specialized in the field of pharmaceutical and designer drug diversion investigations for more than 15 years, and has conducted hundreds of undercover drug operations. She has lead numerous long- and short-term investigations into questionable health care practitioners and diverters of pharmaceutical drugs, and has been instrumental in the successful prosecution of numerous healthcare professionals that have abused the ethical, moral and legal standards of their professions.

Sgt. McElhaney is National Secretary of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), a unique membership organization whose members are responsible for investigating and prosecuting pharmaceutical drug diversion. She currently teaches pharmaceutical identification and investigative techniques across the U.S. at a variety of state, local and administrative institutions.

She has testified before several Florida House and Senate committees on a variety of drug-related issues, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse and the Chairperson of their Prescription Drug Steering Committee.