Clueless psychiatrist, or what? Drug test dilemma.
February 12, 2014 8:32 AM Subscribe
My adult son mentioned to his psychiatrist that he had to take a drug test for a job he'd applied for. He was not sent to an outside lab, but peed in a cup at the workplace. Son wasn't asked by the tester what meds he's taking and he didn't offer the information. His psychiatrist said that the drug test will reveal all his current medications and that it is possible that the employer will now discriminate against him. What???!
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is counter to everything I've heard about drug testing: that they are looking for particular substances and that even if they are found, the applicant will be contacted first and the employer will not be notified if the drugs were legally prescribed. None of my son's medications are opiates or stimulants, but he does take an antipsychotic and an antiepileptic for a condition that is well-controlled. This sounds so goofy that it makes me question the psychiatrist's professionalism in all things. Is he correct? I assume that this kind of discrimination is illegal in the U.S. Is it commonly practiced anyway?