Privacy Matters

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about work comp and drug screening:

I am RN who became ill at work one day and since I work in ER the testing they did that day was giving to HR reported as work comp which I did not agree with. I turned it in to my own insurance. It was an episode of chest pain, rapid heartbeat–clearly not a work comp case.

They ran a drug screen and it tested positive for amphetemines and HR put me on a leave until I proved to them it was positive from a prescribed medicine. I was cleared and allowed to return to work; however, I requested HR director an unpaid medical leave of absence due to need to seek treatment for eating disorder. It was granted; however, HR and the ER manager allowed the info that I had a positive drug test and the fact I was seeking treatment for eating disorder be disclosed to my co-workers.

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