I have a prescription for chronic back pain, for oxycode 2 - 30mg per day. It doesn't alter my mind, i just use it as directed. I have all my teaching certificates and was wondering can they not hire me if I am under a dr's legitamate prescription for chronic back pain. I know it is a narcotic, but i went 7 days without it, and then broke down and had to take it the past 2 days. My dr. said it shouldn't effect my chances of a job since he is prescribing it for me for the pain, that would be discrimination. Has anyone been in the same predicament? And since the job is a teaching position, I'm sure they take something like this very serious. I am not abusing the prescription, just using as directed...
Taking ANY prescription medication cannot be used as reason Not to hire you per state and federal law . However some jobs do prohibit narcotics or any drugs that could alter your well being and safety .. such as a driving job for example.
I am gonna also say this.. Although in most cases they cannot use that as a reason, don't be surprised if they don't hire you. They will look for another reason, or say someone else was more qualified.
It happens all to often in the work place and unless you can prove they are using that against you, There's not much you can do about it. IS it discrimination?? ABSOLUTELY!! It happens every day with job applicants.
Hopefully your potential employer will have understanding to your situation, and really mean it. Keep close records of every job you apply for and demand a detailed reason why you are not hired.
Never admit you are on narcotics, unless it comes down to it .
In the event some jobs require a drug test in most cases you are already hired at that point with the drug testing being the last of the process.
If they then turn around and say we don't need you, you may have just cause for a law suit. I do understand your situation as this type of situation did happen to me except i was already working at my Job for 5years.
I had back surgery in June of 2003, and took a leave from work for 6 weeks. After I returned following the 6 week absence.. i still wasn't able to work 40 hours ( I was the manager of the store). and proceeded with an FMLA (partial) working 20 hours a week on narcotic pain meds.
This situation was disclosed to my job due to the paperwork that was filled out by my Dr. I was in pain working and there was no disputing that at all.
After an additional 8 weeks working 20 hours a week, and although I knew, i wasnt ready, I returned to my full time 40 Plus hours a week. I didn't want to lose my health insurance and I was still on these pain med's. ( you see my back surgery failed but i refused to believe that at the time) Anyhow after 6 days back on the job and the FMLA lifted I was fired. The reason... " My June inventory was off by a large amount" they stated.
Now of course I didn't perform the June inventory. My assistant manager who was my sister did BUT.. my regional manager also decided to come in and help. Well you, see... I'm no fool! I knew when I had that surgery, I would be labeled as High risk for ANY job, so for our May inventory.. I took the hours and hours of time on top of training my sister to do my job while i was gone but I also copied and took note of my entire May inventory.
The Day my sister called me and told me.." they are tossing out a lot of stuff in your store"! I knew right then i was being set up and was glad i took all that paper work home. So anyhow I was fired.. I said ok and quietly walked away and then.. I SUED THE SHIT OUT OF THEM! the funny thing is.. I knew i couldn't do my job like this and was willing to step down to a part time night supervisor in my store if they hadn't tried to be sneaky they would of known I was going to talk to them about this and still keep some of my medical insurance.
I would of made an asset to that store since i already knew everything and I could of trained the new Manager who ever it may of been. They tried to imply something was majorly wrong with my inventory which is basically theft but I was slick enough to have all the documentation and a person in the store saw it happen which was my sister. LOL.
So what I'm saying to you is.. Companies may try and be sneaky and use this or that against you but it will come back in the end. I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well and I do hope you get to feeling better.
I noticed your Screen name was Opiate Loser.. you are NOT a loser just because you are in pain. You are NOT a loser because you have to use Opiod's to stay out of pain.
The only Losers are the ones who Judge you for it. Let them walk a mile in your shoes and see how well they deal with pain.
I did have failed back surgery which has lead to me being on disability the rest of my life. At times I feel depressed, and feel bad about myself. BUT remember this.. No matter what happens.. It could be a lot worse. We may not be able to control what gets handed to us in life.. But we can control what we do about it... take care and let me know how you are doing. Snakey
As long as your back pain is under control this should not affect your hiring status. If you can be on your feet all day and your back pain is under control then you should be ok.
You will be required to take a drug test if the school is interested in hiring you. You must bring any narcotic prescription meds in their original bottles with the name of the med, your name, your doctors name and the date on that is on the bottle with you t the drug testing place. Make sure you tell them you are taking these meds and that they make a notation on your paperwork so you won't fail the drug test. I had to do that when I was working and when they did random drug tests.
Good luck and I hope you get the job :-)
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