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EMTJenn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 3/5/2009 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all-
 
I just found this board recently and have posted over in chronic pain about my knees but I need some help here as well.  I am diagnosed with ADD (had since a kid) Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and most recently PTSD.  I had always had good mental health until my mother committed suicide in 11/03.  My father died of cancer in 5/07 and my grandmother died a few days ago, hubby just laid off......Just a bad few years and last couple weeks have made it worse...I have just been referred about a week and half ago to a great pysch doc, the meds I am on are Pristiq (Depression) Clonazepam (Anxiety) and Vvyanse for ADD.  Well I go into work today and our office was chosen for random drug screens, we have several throughout the state....I told my supervisor I am going to drug test but there are 2 RX's I take that will show in my urine, she proceeds to ask me what they are....I told her, which now I wish I had not because I work in a place where they look at people that take benzo's as addicts.  Anyways she tells me to tell the nurse that does my drug test, so I go to get it, the nurse doesn't ask me about my meds?  I asked her do I need to let you know what meds I am on, she stated she could document them but the results would be faxed back to my corporate office and if something shows up I would have to explain to them....This is my question, since when did my pysch problems have to be my employers business?  Do I want to go into why I take these as reasons stated above with my corporate office, answer....NO  Can anyone give me advice?  I do no street drugs only what is RX'd to me but still I thought medical information is private and now I am kicking myself for telling my boss! nono   She has a big mouth and I am a private person in general....Any thoughts suggestions or otherwise would be great, the results will be back Friday.
 
Thanks so much
EMTJenn
Medical Problems:  Chondromalacia Patellafoemoral Syndrome-Bilat Knees, Causes me alot of pain
                                  Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety/PTSD-My main problem I can't get a handle on
                                  Fibro-Not treated with meds, streching, relaxtion techniques help me
                                  Endometroisis/Adhesions Stage 4-Better after my total hysterectomy
                                  ADD since childhood, treated with meds when in school, just started back on meds
                                 
Meds: Pristiq(depression) Ambien (sleep) Dexedrine (ADD) Clonozepam PRN (anxiety)
            OTC-Womens One A Day Vitamin  Glucosamine/Chondroitin and tons of Emu Cream for knees
                                  
I lost my mother to suicide in 2003, my father to cancer in 2007 and my grandmother this month...I have not been right since my mothers suicide, mentally speaking.  I am trained to save lives, and I could not save her......
 
 


SmurfyShadow
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 3/5/2009 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you tell her why? If not, dont. Not her business. I honestly would of waited til my urin test failed, then said I take some medications which might interfere. If they ask what, I would of told them "I apologize, but I do not see why my medical history is anyones business but mine. However, I am more than willing to get a doctors statement claiming I do take medication for medical issues that can interfere with these tests."
 
Smurfy Shadow
 
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dixibella
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 161
   Posted 3/5/2009 5:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't beat yourself up, a lot of people in that position would have taken the same course. It might be worthwhile to have a little follow up chat with your boss to let her know that the information is completely confidential and you are a private person who doesn't want that information to travel. Your boss SHOULD keep any information you have given her private, big mouth or no. If not, do you have a human resources person? Confidentiality is usually taken pretty seriously. I'm not sure what the laws are on health disclosure, but I would consult with your doctor if your employer questions it. It seems reasonable that they could just write up a note saying that you have been prescribed X and Y and that would be the end of it, its not illegal to take prescription drugs that your doctor has mandated.
I'm sure everything will turn out ok! Go easy on yourself, you just did what you thought was right and disclosed information to explain why your test might come back a little off. Hang in there! The waiting game is brutal but its out of your hands at the moment so just try to breathe. I think you did the right thing! Vent here anytime!

stkitt
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   Posted 3/5/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the A & P Forum.  I am Kitt.  To the best of my knowledge you are not required to reveal what medications you are on unless your drug screen comes back suspicious and then when asked you may explain you are on a prescription medications.  They cannot fault you for taking medications RX by your physician.  They are usually looking for the recreational drugs and alcohol.
 
I ran this past my son-in-law who is a truck driver and he said he is not asked what medications he is on when he is screened.
 
Just stay away from those poppy seed muffins........... lol.
 
Take care .
 
Kitt 
 
 
 

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EMTJenn
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 28
   Posted 3/5/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys, we will see how it goes but I am very nervous, as I stated where I work they look at the people that come in there as addicts if they are on Benzo's some are, getting them illegally and getting high but most are not, they are prescribed. The stigma with mental health kills me and it stings everytime I hear one of their smart comments about it....Thanks for the advice you all makde me feel so much better....

(((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))

EMTJenn
Medical Problems:  Chondromalacia Patellafoemoral Syndrome-Bilat Knees, Causes me alot of pain
                                  Major Depressive Disorder/Anxiety/PTSD-My main problem I can't get a handle on
                                  Fibro-Not treated with meds, streching, relaxtion techniques help me
                                  Endometroisis/Adhesions Stage 4-Better after my total hysterectomy
                                  ADD since childhood, treated with meds when in school, just started back on meds
                                 
Meds: Pristiq(depression) Ambien (sleep) Dexedrine (ADD) Clonozepam PRN (anxiety)
            OTC-Womens One A Day Vitamin  Glucosamine/Chondroitin and tons of Emu Cream for knees
                                  
I lost my mother to suicide in 2003, my father to cancer in 2007 and my grandmother this month...I have not been right since my mothers suicide, mentally speaking.  I am trained to save lives, and I could not save her......
 
 

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