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Accused of narcotic/ alcohol abuse... No clue what this is about!

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Hi everyone,

i just received a letter letter from the board of nursing of my state inviting me to join the Diversion Program because they have received a complaint that I was using drugs or alcohol on the job. It does not specify exactly the nature of the complaint, but either way I have absolutely no clue what it is regarding!

I have had no complaints at all from my current or former jobs about possibly being impaired on the job or any narcotic count issues. I have never showed up to work impaired nor have been asked to do any surprise drug tests. I am really afraid about what this could be about because I honestly have no clue what they could be referring to.

Has anyone received a letter like this or been investigated? Any help is appreciated!

Can't say that I have.

Have you brought this issue up to your supervisor?

RainMom

Specializes in PACU, pre/postoperative, ortho. Has 10 years experience.

Can you request a copy of the complaint? Perhaps also reply in writing that you have never worked impaired & have never been suspended or lost your job due to any accusations of substance use/abuse. I think if you have Liability Insurance, it might be a good idea to call them & see what they recommend.

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

Wow. Sounds insane. I'd be quite upset.

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

Is there a telephone number you can call? I would want more details. If everything you're stating is accurate, it sounds like an unsubstantiated claim.

Unfortunately I don't have malpractice insurance :/ I just got the letter today so I haven't talked with my employer but everything at my workplace seems fine.

The the letter states if I decline the program they will start the investigation and until then they can't provide me with any information about the complaint.

Unfortunately I don't have malpractice insurance :/ I just got the letter today so I haven't talked with my employer but everything at my workplace seems fine.

The the letter states if I decline the program they will start the investigation and until then they can't provide me with any information about the complaint.

i would consult a lawyer, ASAP. why would they not be able to give you details till you basically admit fault? is this even a legit letter.

Hi everyone,

i just received a letter letter from the board of nursing of my state inviting me to join the Diversion Program because they have received a complaint that I was using drugs or alcohol on the job. It does not specify exactly the nature of the complaint, but either way I have absolutely no clue what it is regarding!

I have had no complaints at all from my current or former jobs about possibly being impaired on the job or any narcotic count issues. I have never showed up to work impaired nor have been asked to do any surprise drug tests. I am really afraid about what this could be about because I honestly have no clue what they could be referring to.

Has anyone received a letter like this or been investigated? Any help is appreciated!

was this at least a registered letter? is it legit?

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

Agree with Morte... Admittedly, I have zero personal experience with this type of letter.

HOWever, it sounds like some sort scam/highly sketchy letter.

I wouldn't submit to ANYTHING.

If you can't afford a lawyer call legal aid. Your city should have some sort of clinic or referral service.

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

And since when can the BON formally invite you to join a program s/p a simple complaint?

Yes, the letter is from the Diversion Program of my state with the BRN letterhead. I am going to call them in the morning but it seems all they can discuss with me is "further information regarding the BRN's processes" and "We will not be able to discuss the report we have received."

dream'n, BSN, RN

Specializes in UR/PA, Hematology/Oncology, Med Surg, Psych. Has 28 years experience.

I think I would be waiting for the BON to open in the morning by sitting on their front step. And I would get a lawyer to fight this ASAP. You say you are clean and always have been, then fight this tooth and nail.

Maybe some mean ******* made up some story about you to the board? I would be furious to be accused and my livelihood put at risk over a false report. You're clean, so go let them investigate all they want. If you don't have the money now for a lawyer, see if one will take you on until this is cleared and you can then have your lawyer sue the slanderer for all of your defense costs.

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Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

I agree with PP above. I could be grossly misinformed, but there's just no way a nurse can be asked to join a treatment program due to a random complaint. A random unsubstantiated complaint.

Miss Rayanne

Specializes in LTC/Rehab, Pediatric Home Care. Has 9 years experience.

I would not contact the BON until you speak with a lawyer. Anything you say or do can be used against if there is a formal complaint. Are you sure they did not send out a letter prior to this one?

You could have a common name which means it might have been sent to you by mistake.

Also -- you say you have never shown up to work impaired. That doesn't mean you don't use various substances on the side. I'd suggest getting a drug test so you have proof on x date that you don't have anything in your system and haven't within the past 30 days (or however long the various drugs will remain in the body).

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience.

You could have a common name which means it might have been sent to you by mistake.

Also -- you say you have never shown up to work impaired. That doesn't mean you don't use various substances on the side. I'd suggest getting a drug test so you have proof on x date that you don't have anything in your system and haven't within the past 30 days (or however long the various drugs will remain in the body).

Excellent idea.

Before you do or say anything, contact an attorney.

I really dislike even saying it, as I think what one does on one's own time is their own business, however, IF you happen to use in your free time, be mindful and careful who is noticing this--especially co-workers. Be mindful and careful about sharing "war stories" of nights of partying. This can be a basis for someone to take it wayyyy tooo seriously and take it to the BON. As if you are "party-ing it up" on your time off, how can you NOT come into work "impaired"? (

Go to legal aid. If you are part of a union, look to your state/area rep and ask if the union attorney is available for consult. Or if you have an attorney that you use, ask for assistance or a referral.

Keep us posted, and best of luck in this!

Thanks to everyone that has replied. To be totally honest, I don't drink or smoke or consume even Tylenol. I can pass any test thrown at me but I'm just so worried and hear stories of people passing drug tests and still getting in trouble with the board. I am really hoping this is some angry former patient or enemy that has reported me.

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