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

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by Purplegiraffe Purplegiraffe (New) New

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!

noelly10

noelly10

421 Posts

Can't say that I have.

Have you brought this issue up to your supervisor?

RainMom

Specializes in PACU, pre/postoperative, ortho. Has 11 years experience. 1,111 Posts

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. 893 Posts

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

Adele_Michal7, ASN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric. Has 5 years experience. 893 Posts

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.

Purplegiraffe

Purplegiraffe

5 Posts

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.

morte

morte, LPN, LVN

7,015 Posts

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.

morte

morte, LPN, LVN

7,015 Posts

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. 893 Posts

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. 893 Posts

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

Purplegiraffe

Purplegiraffe

5 Posts

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 29 years experience. 1,162 Posts

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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