Funded by a Federal Drug Diversion Grant, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office employs a Drug Diversion Investigator whose sole responsibility is to prevent the use of prescription drugs for illegal purposes.
- These prevention efforts include:
- Investigating crimes involving the illegal use, sale and delivery of prescription drugs through the use of informants and undercover purchases.
- Investigating healthcare providers who prescribe prescription drugs to ensure they are following North Carolina Federal Law governing prescription medications.
- Working with local pharmacies to investigate the theft and loss of prescription drugs.
- Making criminal charges for the illegal use, sale and delivery of prescription drugs.
- Working closely with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on investigations involving the illegal use, sale or delivery of prescription drugs.
- Educating the public and professionals on the problems associated with the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs and steps they can take to help prevent it.
- Placing, monitoring and emptying all permanent medication drop boxes in Cleveland County.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit makes multiple purchases of controlled substances every day. We make more purchases for prescription medications than any other drug. Many people don’t consider prescription medications as “real drugs” because they are prescribed by a doctor. The fact is, possessing prescription medications without a prescription is illegal! Buying, selling and delivering prescription drugs is also illegal and law enforcement is doing everything we can to stop it! Using prescription drugs in a way other than what is prescribed can be very dangerous and addictive.
-Jon Owen, Drug Diversion Investigator, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
To request a presentation for healthcare providers, civic organizations, churches or other groups, contact:
Jon Owen, Drug Diversion Investigator
Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office