I already know they are testing for methadone. This is for a health professional job so I think a positive test will disqualify me. What options do I have? When I go for the test should I disclose this info and if I do can they tell my employer why I am taking the methadone? I really want this job and I have to test in 2 days.
10 Mar 2011
Hi robert. Since you already know you will be tested for the methadone, you need to tell them when you go to the test. Have the clinic or doctor info with you. If it's take home 'done, bring the bottle. If not have the clinic info. Once the results come back, the MRO (Medical Review Officer) usually a doctor, will call you before the potential employer. They will ask you if there is a medical reason why methadone would be in your system? Then whatever the reasons behind the 'done treatment, explain to the MRO. Since it's legally prescribed, I'm not sure where the problem would be. Unless the job requires everyone to be med free. Good luck to you and hope it works out well for you!
10 Mar 2011
If I were you I would wait and see if they ask you about the methadone in your system. If they do tell them that you are part of a recovery program and are currently ______years/months clean and would be a great asset to the workforce. Where I live employers cannot discriminate against recovering addicts, its against the law in some places.
Good Luck Robert!
10 Mar 2011
Honesty is the only way, I think. If you don't mention it there will always be
The question "Why didnt he mention it?". You can't go wrong when being honest. You don't have to say why you are on it (unless specifically asked). There are people on Methadone for chronic pain (myself included). If asked, have your answer ready and tell the truth. No one can fault you for being honest, but if you aren't, and are caught lying, there goes any chance for you getting that job. Plus you'll sleep better. Best wishes to you - EJ
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