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Can I Be Fired From My Job Because I Am Prescribed Suboxone?
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I am just curious because once my current employer found out that I was prescribed to suboxone the head manager is telling me that in order to keep my job I must attend NA meetings. I am pretty sure this violates some major laws. I am aware of HIPAA but am curious as to how it works, and what I need to do to take a stand on this issue. If anyone has any information about this issue I appreciate it.

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Donnie Says:
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I got hired 3 years ago at an oilfield company, I was on 20 MG a day of methadone when I got hired. I have taken several drug panels including one for the hair. I had no problem. When the Dr's called I gave my RX number and the pharmacy's phone number where I did business. Also when flying offshore on helicopters, I, like all employees had to do a drug panel at the heliport before flying out to the drill ship, This has happened several times, and almost every time we fly out of this heliport we have to follow this procedure. Still no problem. Well last week after arriving to the ship, myself and all personal on board had to do a panel on board the offshore ship, and this was after we completed our job. We were there for 5 days, and were scheduled to fly back onshore the following day. My results of course showed methadone in my body. I was told I wasn't suppose to be on this while onboard. The supervisor called in to our office and had to tell them what happened. There were 3 guys I work with that are on suboxone and their results showed nothing, I made an appointment with a Dr today to start suboxone. I have to go into to work tomorrow to see if I still have a job. I was told that I was supposed to have informed the medic that I was taking methadone when boarding the ship. Any advice?

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jotis Says:
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Im prescribed suboxone and i use my insurance from work to cover prescription. Can i be fired for being on suboxone even if its prescribed by my doctor

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BL Says:
As long as the person is receiving counseling as well as the medication this may apply. But, it doesn't apply to every job.

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Matt Says:
Rights for Individuals on Medication-Assisted Treatment:

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BL Says:
HIPPA has nothing to do with your employer. Your employer has the right to set certain criteria for employees due to company liability.

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michael1990 Says:
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Same thing happened to me. They want to fire me because my ex told them I'm prescribed suboxone and that I'm a drug addict... what type of lawyer should I contact? How would I sue them????

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siknik Says:
hello, just happened to come upon your post and looks as though nobody has replied? idk im not too up on the comments thing.
anyway, if you have a job in a corporate setting, or somewhere where they have a PR, i would def take advantage of your rights of an employee and start there. otherwise fired!??? ridiculous! let em fire you! then sue the s**t out of em and take that head manager position. also i do believe what they're doing is in violations of many different rights that YOU have! you might wanna be nice enough to let this head manager about your intentions, who knows you might end up with a raise! if no PR dept, then it's time you contact the labor board, that should get their panties in a bunch!
stay strong with your rights!

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