Tip and Reward Programs

Description

Tip and reward programs enable individuals to submit tips, sometimes anonymously, to law enforcement or private organizations working with law enforcement about crimes involving prescription drugs (theft, fraud, etc.). Some programs offer monetary rewards for tips that lead to arrests.

Objective(s)

To encourage individuals with information about prescription drug diversion to come forward and report it to law enforcement

Typical Elements

  • Tip and reward programs were established by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which accepts tips from individuals about potential crimes in its jurisdiction, including prescription drug diversion (DEA, 2015).
  • The programs can be implemented by private and non-governmental organizations working with law enforcement, such as prescription drug manufacturers, to offer rewards for tips on prescription drug diversion (RxPatrol, 2012; RxTip, 2015).
  • Tip and reward programs can be instituted as clearinghouses of “data related to pharmacy robberies, burglaries and theft that involve the loss of controlled substances” for law enforcement (RxPatrol, 2012, ¶ 1).
  • Such programs can promote formal or informal relationships between pharmacies, federal and state agencies, and other security professionals as they work to better address crimes involving prescription drugs (RxPatrol, 2012).
  • Monetary reward sizes will likely vary, depending on the nature of the tip (RxPatrol, 2012).
    • Note: RxPatrol offers rewards of up to $2,500 for tips that lead to arrests. The DEA offers rewards of up to $5 million, but only for arrests of major drug traffickers (RxPatrol, 2012; U.S. Department of State, n.d.).
  • Programs can choose to use different reporting tools (hotlines, online forms, etc.).
  • Some programs accept anonymous tips.

Populations

Law enforcement, the general public

Outcomes

No outcome data have been found regarding the role of tip and reward programs in preventing the nonmedical use of prescription drugs and/or its consequences.

Guidelines

Report Submission Form for Suspected Unlawful Sales of Pharmaceutical Drugs on the Internet. 

Acknowledged by

No acknowledgements have been found regarding the role of tip and reward programs in preventing the nonmedical use of prescription drugs and/or its consequences.

References

RxPatrol. (2012). What’s RxPatrol? Retrieved from http://www.rxpatrol.com/aboutrxpatrol/

RxTip. (2015). About the program. Retrieved from rxtip. org/about-the-program/

U.S. Department of State. (n.d.). Narcotics Reward Program: Target information. Retrieved from https://www.state.gov/j/inl/narc/rewards/

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (2015). Submit a tip. Retrieved from https://www.dea.gov/submit-tip