Accusations of Drug Abuse?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about accused of drug use:

Just this morning at my workplace, which is a company within Corporate America, I was pulled aside by my supervisor and her supervisor. I was told that we need to call somebody within the Special Investigations Unit for our company and that there has been an ongoing investigation about me. The complaint against me was that I am using drugs and/or Alcohol at the workplace. This is completely untrue and I am having a hard time figuring out where these complaints are coming from. Due to confidentiality I am unable to find out who this is from; all I know is that it is from 1 person, not sure if its a female or male.

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Fellow Supervisor Spread Rumors I Am On Drugs!

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about accused of drug use:

I am a supervisor, and a fellow supervisor has been spreading rumors that I am on drugs. She is jealous of my position and believes I have taken her position. Then rumors are getting out of control what can I do?

Signed, Subject to Slander

Dear Subject to Slander:

You do not say the type of size of your organization, but if there are two supervisors you both likely have a manager. This is an issue that management should be involved with as well. As I will mention later, this is apparently only one part of a much more complex problem. Also, ask yourself why she would be able to even suggest such as thing as drug use on your part. That is not something that is usually made-up without any indications. Among the reasons people accuse someone of drug use are: Absences, strange behavior, unfocused behavior, poor work, loss of control emotionally, over-talking or depression, lack of care about personal appearance, unusual actions such as going to the car often or meeting people outside the building, physical reactions such as shaking sniffing, coughing or scratching and moodiness–especially going from very cheerful to very quiet in a few hours, repeatedly. If you have situations that are causing some of those behaviors it could be that she is not the only one who thinks you are using drugs!

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