Arizona Physician Drug Diversion

Arizona Physician Drug DiversionIt is not uncommon for a physician to be accused of a substance abuse problem or diverting narcotics from their employer. Arizona Physician Drug Diversion is a charge that should be taken very seriously.  Not only could it lead to disciplinary action by the Arizona Medical Board, but it could also lead to criminal issues based upon your level of diversion (how much and what you specifically diverted).  Criminal issues could ultimately effect your fingerprint clearance card as well.   If you have been accused of substance problems or diverting narcotics and know that the allegations are false you should:

  • Contact your primary care physician and request a drug screen to be done immediately (if alcohol is the allegation).  If prescription drugs are at issue a hair test would be the most comprehensive way to defend yourself (this needs to be done a minimum of 2 weeks after the incident).  Do not wait to get this done as a drug test taken closer to the event or allegation carries much more weight than a test taken further from the incident.
  • If your employer has performed a drug screen you should obtain your own drug screen from an independent source in anticipation of litigation.
  • If you do have a substance abuse problem seek treatment and assistance immediately. Taking the initiative and not placing patients in danger is seen favorably by most licensing boards.
  • Keep detailed documentation of every part of the allegation or incident. List the dates, places, and people involved.

If Drug Diversion Ends in a Physician Misdemeanor

There are a large number of misdemeanors that must be reported to the Board if a licensee has been charged. However, many physicians tend to conceal the charge rather than self-report. Unfortunately, if the Board does find out, not only will the physician face discipline if ultimately convicted of the charge, but they will also receive discipline for concealing the charge as well. Remember, a charge is not a conviction and it is better to reveal the charge at the beginning rather than face a sanction from the Board for failure to disclose.

If you have been accused of substance abuse or Arizona Physician Drug Diversion by your employer or licensing board contact Chelle Law immediately to preserve your rights.