Save lives by reporting controlled substance concerns

April 24, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Do you understand the importance of reporting concerns about controlled substances, including possible drug diversion by your colleagues? Statistics show that approximately 10 percent of all health care providers experience a substance abuse problem sometime during their careers.

Addiction is a disease, not a character flaw, and trying to protect and care for a troubled coworker makes reporting feel like a cruel thing to do.

However, everyone at Michigan Medicine must give each other permission to “speak up” and then follow through, because when you report a controlled substances issue you may actually be saving multiple lives, including those of coworkers, patients and the community at large.

If you suspect that a coworker is using or diverting drugs, or if you have other concerns regarding controlled substances, you should report your concerns in any of the following ways:

  • Notify your supervisor

Remember, silence is enabling. Speaking up saves lives!