Training to Spot Human Trafficking Urged for Pharmacists, ED Workers

From Pharmacy Times:

There is a significant need for human trafficking (HT) training within pharmacy school curriculum and emergency departments (ED), according to researcher Macy England, 2020 PharmD Candidate, Belmont University College of Pharmacy.

England presented her research during a poster session at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Summer Meeting in Boston. According to her presentation, “Impact and Necessity of Human Trafficking Training in the ED and Pharmacy School Curriculum,” there were over 10,600 HT victims in the year 2017 who were reported to the National Hotline and BeFree Textline.

During captivity, HT victims are exposed to a variety of physical ailments and conditions, and over 88% of victims seek medical attention at some point in their captivity, two-thirds being in an emergency department, according to England.

“I believe that ED workers and pharmacists have the highest chance of encountering these victims,” said England in an interview with Pharmacy Times. “Yet, health care workers across the board are not educated on how to recognize the crime. And, because they’re not recognizing it, they’re not reporting it.”

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