Medical Professionals With Substance Abuse Issues

Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse issues and for a good portion of those people, the hardest step is admitting they have a problem in the first place, which is completely understandable. One group of people who may suffer from substance abuse issues is medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and office staff. These medical professionals have much easier access to prescription drugs and it may, unfortunately, lead to abusing this access.

If you are a medical professional and are struggling with substance abuse, it is important that you get help as soon as possible. If a complaint is made about you to the Office of Professional Medical Conduct, you may be in jeopardy of losing your license to practice medicine. The OPMC is more willing to assist a physician or medical professional who acknowledges that they have a problem and is taking the initiative to get help than someone who denies that they are abusing drugs or alcohol. If you show that you are going to some form of rehabilitation and are working on overcoming this major obstacle and eventually get it under control, you may have a better chance of having your license reinstated. Substance abuse issues are treated as an impairment in the same way that a person who has a brain injury after a stroke is. The OPMC encourages you to to take full responsibility and acknowledge the problem.

If you have questions about a complaint made about you to the OPMC due to substance abuse issues, contact an experienced medical defense attorney today for assistance.

If you require a medical law attorney for your legal matters, call Paul E. Walker, an experienced New York City OPMC & OPD Lawyer. Please contact the Walker Medical Law firm to set up a free initial consultation.