[MCOH-EH] drug free workplace

Seeburger, Sara SaraSeeburger at Centura.Org
Wed May 10 12:20:26 PDT 2017

I don’t think so, but the policy for our system is if you test positive for drugs you will not be hired or may be terminated.  There is no great test for marijuana on when it was used, as it can stay in the system for weeks.  I learned recently at a work comp conference that they are looking at different tests to differentiate the time of use for impairment.  As it stands, the current urine drug screen can only show use, but will not show if the user was impaired at that time or not.

Here is part of our statement of policy:


Centura complies with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and seeks to establish a work environment that is free from the negative effects of drug and/or alcohol abuse.  Centura prohibits all drug use and/or possession that violate state and/or federal law.

To ensure the continued dedication to the activities and services promoting health and wellness and a safe working environment, associates must abide by applicable drug and alcohol related laws.  Further, Centura strictly prohibits the improper possession, diversion of controlled substances, use, sale, adulteration, attempted sale, purchase, attempted purchase, conveyance, distribution, transfer, cultivation and/or manufacture of illicit/illegal drugs or other intoxicants at any time, and in any amount or manner, as well as the abuse/misuse of prescription drugs.

Prescribed drugs are not prohibited when used in the manner, combination, and quantity intended as prescribed by a health care provider unless they would affect the associate’s ability to perform the essential functions of the position or would cause the associate to be a direct threat to himself/herself or others. Use of medical marijuana is prohibited.

Hope that helps.


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 Do the Drug Free Workplace requirements address what an employee does when not working?

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   1.  Question on medical marijuana (Shea, Joann)
   2. Re:  Question on medical marijuana (Seeburger, Sara)


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Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 12:01:36 +0000
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Good morning,

Our state passed a medical marijuana bill this year for persons with specific disorders such as epilepsy, cancer, Alzheimers, etc.  The legislature is still finalizing the specifics, but we are meeting this month to discuss how we will manage an employee who has a medical marijuana card.    Because federal law still considers marijuana illegal and our hospital must comply with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act, I assume we will continue with not allowing marijuana utilization as an active employee.   We are considering allowing employees to take medical leave or FMLA while utilizing medical marijuana, but  most employees who are working will be taking it for seizures or chronic pain and will probably be prescribed to use it long term.

Any advice from other states where medical marijuana is used?   Thank you.

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In Colorado we do not allow it in any capacity as we also comply with the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act.

Thank you,

Sara Seeburger RN, BSN
Assistant Administrator
Centura Occupational Health
61 Inverness Dr East
STE 200
Englewood, CO 80112

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