Individuals who take methadone are under the care of a provider.
There are many requirements for Pain Control physicians which usually includes monthly drug testing, reflex testing –especially for licensed drivers.
I would have the provider describe the program that this person is in and require the employee to provide documentation monthly of meeting the providers program requirements.
From an employer standpoint, I would be concerned legally how I would be able to justify putting this person in a random program, when there have no workplace incidents especially under the ADA.
Kathy Dayvault, RN, BSN, MPH, COHN-S/CM
Independent Occupational Health Consultant
We have a candidate for hire which is a known methadone user. This candidate does have a legal prescription for the drug but it makes me alittle nervous. We are considering doing random drug screens for a period of time just to be assurred that this person is not taking anything not prescribed. The candidate relates that the methadone is prescribed for severe pain and has been on it for the past year. Any thoughts and past experiences with this would be greatly appreciated.
Cathy Senior RN BSN CDE
Employee Health Director
Penn Highlands DuBois
100 Hospital Avenue
P.O. Box 447
DuBois Pa 15801