Save lives by reporting controlled substance concerns
You probably know how important it is to report concerns about controlled substances and drug diversion, but what do you do when those concerns involve a colleague? Substance use disorder is a disease, not a character flaw, and trying to protect and care for a troubled coworker can make reporting seem cruel.
However, at Michigan Medicine, team members 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 controlled substances, report your concerns in any of the following ways:
- Notify your supervisor
Michigan Medicine offers a program within the Addiction Treatment Services for medical professionals. Please visit umadditioncenter.org/clinical-care or call 1-800-525-5188. Individuals can either self-refer, be referred by the State Licensing Board or Health Professional Recovery Program.
Remember, silence is enabling and could lead to serious consequences. Speaking up saves lives!