Drug Screen question - page 2
by Futuresos | 3,529 Views | 16 Comments
Hi all, quick question. I recently accepted a job offer and I have my physical tomorrow. I was told to bring any medication that I am currently taking. I was prescribed a BZ years ago, but took one tab 10 weeks ago, the med... Read More
- 0Oct 30, '12 by monkeybugQuote from sapphire18That seems like such an invasion of privacy. I understand brining in a list of meds in case something pops up on a drug screen, but I don't think it's appropriate for them to ask you about illnesses and disabilities under the ADA. Well, according to what I just read, they cannot ask you in an interview, but they can require a medical exam.My last 2 jobs have asked for this- med list, along with a complete medical history. Yuck. (Well that's how it felt to me.)
- 1Nov 1, '12 by MunoRNQuote from noctanolEmployer drug screens are by no means limited to these classes of drugs. My employers tests for not only flexaril, but also soma, seroquel, promethazine, Buspar, gabapentin and others.wow, wrong advice. who checks for flexeril, its not an opiate, benzo, cocaine or marijuana.
- 0Nov 1, '12 by MunoRNAt first my employer adopted the entire FAA list of meds that pilots aren't allowed to use, although it's gotten smaller since there are some meds that can't be tested for or are ridiculously expensive to test for, plus there are quite a few drugs on that list that would be difficult to make a "business necessity" argument for. Not all meds are absolutely banned, you're just required to sign medication use agreements, others however can only be used while on leave; opiates and benzos. I have an anxiety disorder and the only thing I'm allowed to take is propanolol. I threw my back and was prescribed flexaril during the time I was out of work, but had to test negative 48 hours prior to returning to work.
Why is a good question, mostly it's lawsuit CYA, although the official reason is that it's "out of concern for the safety of our patients."
So long as they can make a case of "business necessity", which they've been successful at, there's not much to be done about it.
- 2Nov 1, '12 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote from RN-CardiacThey do now.....I'm curious as to why they are asking about medications. I've never in 20 years had an employer ask about meds. I have had the reference lab request a list after the drug screen and prior to reporting results to the hospital, but never have I been asked to provide my private medical information to an employer.