Everything I've found via research is over 5 years old. Literally, all of it. Nothing based in 2017 as far as I have seen. Would love your reply if you meet any of the following:
-Work in or have been treated in, a Suboxone clinic as a nurse, and have been told or shown in practice by your MD (or boss,if you work there) that even healthcare workers who work around medications have the right to confidential addiction treatment with Suboxone
-Taken or administered a drug test for a nurse, and can tell whether buprenorphine was on the test or not
-Are familiar with the NPA's stipulations regarding 'banned substances' in practice.
-Been in IPN and know with any degree of certainty whether Sub is approved as part of your treatment
* please include your state, if you do choose to reply, because supposedly the law varies
I have two points to contribute to the discussion, for anyone who may google and stumble upon this thread as I have with so many others..
1. Been taking Suboxone under the table (from a friend, not an MD, due to fear of being in treatment being disclosed to an employer or the BON) for about 5 years. Started nursing school
in 2014, was urine tested, didn't show positive. Started a job in 2015, was mouth swabbed, didn't show positive. (Researched Oral Eze mouth swab, buprenorphine not a tested substance.) Was suspected of diverting in early 2016 (can say with honesty that I was not; this was part of a facility-wide sweep that was done on ANY suspicion, including giving a PRN 30 minutes out of time frame, etc, after a nurse was caught diverting 50+ shots of Demerol), was urine tested with the HPP Comp 1 for healthcare workers, had only about 18 hours since last suboxone dose at the time of test, did not show positive. (Buprenorphine not a tested substance, according to research.) Had a cheap 5 panel on-site urine test done a month or so later in 2016 for employment, did not show positive. Have also taken my own 12 panel from Walgreens, the test included opiates but not bupe. No false positives for opiates or anything. **Not saying that it won't be on your test, if you're a nurse who is wondering. Just that I've been very blessed thus far.
2. Called a nearby Suboxone facility this morning without the intent of setting an appointment so much as just trying to grasp for SOME type of reliable information regarding nurses on sub. I asked if they treat nurses on suboxone. The reply was "Yes, we do treat [other] nurses here. Are you through IPN?" (She said it as if she had dealt with IPN clients before, so I think it could be possible that the FLORIDA IPN may allow this med-assisted treatment? But I'm unsure, because) I am not in IPN, I have not diverted, I simply am tired of running, and know that if I get drug tested, I would rather be positive for something I have a script for than just HOPING that it's not on the test and one day running into a mess. So, I told her I was not, then further elaborated on my question by asking if nurses have the right to be treated confidentially, without having to worry about a phone call to an employer. She stated 'yes, absolutely.' The final question was about whether or not she knew if it was legal for a nurse to practice while on Suboxone. She stated "As far as I know, as long as it isn't an 'issue that has been brought up' in the past, yes." I went ahead and made appointment.
Would really like to receive some input from any of the people mentioned above, before I go into this and forever leave my name in the books. I know we have all been told over the years that healthcare information is confidential, essentially no matter what, but all it takes is 1 jerk doctor to insinuate being on sub poses a risk to my patients to warrant a call to my employer and/or the BON.
Responses very much appreciated by myself and any other nurse trying to stay afloat with maintenence treatment.