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Nov 2021 I informally complained about ratios and was targeted for reasonable suspicion drug testing which came back negative, including BAC. At that time I got my own testing include follicle. My employer (LH) ran a chart audit and I had to meet with drug diversion specialists. I had no inventory issues, nothing missing, no undocumented wastes. LH still had me go to the ipn.

Intake with case manager includes being informed to refrain from substances. BE AWARE ALCOHOL IS CONSIDERED A SUBSTANCE.

I had my evaluation with an ipn approved addiction psychiatrist at a facility in Tampa. Additional drug testing: follicle, urine, blood, breathalyzer. It took 1 day short of a month for the Dr to send his report to ipn case manager.

My recommendation was 4 weeks inpatient rehab, intensive outpatient treatment, 3-5 years of monitoring... for alcohol. Evaluators test for an enzyme which is only formed in the presence of alcohol. I had no idea I wasn't allowed to have drinks. My time span covered Christmas and new years eve. The timespan a Peth covers is a few weeks. I'm not a DRINKER but I do drink alcohol. I've never been in any type of trouble with any substance. Also, as a reason to support his treatment recommendation the Dr included PPD from 1998. 1998. 24 years ago.

I refused the treatment recommendation and ipn has reported me to DOH. I got an amazing attorney. I immediately got my own Peth test which was negative and my attorney has me take a Peth test every 30 days which are all negative. DOH investigator has made contact, 2 months ago, and no emergency action was taken on my nursing license and I was permitted to renew my license. Attorney responded to the investigator and he is who my negative peth tests go to. And now I wait. An undisclosed amount of time this will take. I hear "the Summer."

DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL NOT A SINGLE DROP. 1 drink (or about 5 in my case) isn't OK. It has to be absolutely negative. 

LMRN2003

LMRN2003, MSN, RN

Specializes in Case Management, Public Health, MSN. Has 3 years experience. 66 Posts

I'm wondering why they didn't explain to you that alcohol is considered a substance. That should have been very clear and apparent. I'm sorry you're going through that stress. It is a terrible feeling. Just know that you've done everything you possibly can and that you have to just let things happen and trust that things will turn out how they are meant to. It's hard, but you have to let go of control with this stuff. 

Leah2020

Leah2020

47 Posts

During ipn intake/initial phone interview, case manager asked me if I drink. I said yes. That would have been a good time to tell me alcohol is considered a substance and would be part of testing. The ipn perpetuates the need for their existence and the evaluators generate their own clientele. 

Also of mention, I withdrew consent for the ipn to share my information with the DOH. Ipn sent my entire file to DOH. There's nothing for me to hide from DOH. But the ipn case manager did break the law. Not sure what/if anything will come of that.

I have done both, nothing wrong, and all I can. Thank you.

TIMFY

TIMFY

40 Posts

So you tested positive for alcohol before starting IPN? Like during their intake testing? That should not count against you. I drank the night before I started since I knew I would be going without for a few years. No one ever said anything since it was before I signed the contract. 

Leah2020

Leah2020

47 Posts

Just my Peth through the evaluator's testing was positive. Since then, I refused inpatient rehab and I'm waiting to hear from DOH. There was no emergency action, so that's positive. I go every 30 days on my own accord for a Peth that gets sent to the DOH investigator. As once I knew I couldn't drink any alcohol I stopped.