If at all possible, can some of you folks share with me your experience after being drug screened/positive for drugs while at work?
Last week I was accused of stealing needles or syringes and was confronted the next day by my manager and HR rep. They said my "erratic" behavior (I've had a terribly stressful and emotional summer) and the report about the supplies was cause enough to ask me if "I had anything to tell them". It was horribly embarrassing and I was caught so off guard that I literally had a panic attack right there and started crying.
I offered a urine sample, which they accepted. My manager told me that she was happy I offered which gave her confidence in me and has been saying that everything will work out well.
However, I came back positive for benzos and opiates (including codeine and morphine; of course, codeine breaks down into morphine eventually from what I've read) - all of which I have prescriptions for. The HR rep, however, wants a printout of my prescriptions and a list of which meds I had taken that day and at what times. They will then check the concentration levels to see if the numbers match. If the numbers don't match I don't know what will happen. Nothing good, I'm sure.
Sooooo... with all that... can anyone share what consequences can come of this? I've already secured a new job that starts later this month just to be on the safe side, and will sit down with the HR rep to ask about my rights, confidentiality, outcomes, etc... Still, if anyone here has any advice or comments on how to further handle this situation I would sincerely appreciate it.
I've been crying all week since this occurred. I'm in the middle of finals for grad school and can't help but wonder how this will affect my future.
Thanks in advance for your help and advice. I'm literally living in panic mode right now and my Xanax doesn't help one bit it's so bad.