A license is the lifeblood of a medical professional's career. Unfortunately, a high number of doctors, nurses and other medical care providers' licenses are jeopardized by accusations of substance abuse.
February 13, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Protecting Your Professional License in Ohio
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You worked hard to get where you are today. No matter what type of profession you are in, it did not come to you easily. It takes passion, intelligence, time and money to obtain and maintain a professional license in Ohio.
For some professionals, a license is the basis for his or her entire career. This is especially so in the medical industry. Physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, chiropractors, and other health care professionals must comply with health care laws and rules, fulfill continuing education class requirements and pay registration and renewal fees all in connection with their licenses and profession.
A Common Threat to Licensure
Whether from an external or internal source, any threat to a person's professional license status is serious and must be addressed immediately to minimize any damage. Unfortunately, some threats arise directly from the licensee.
Substance abuse, or accusations of abuse against a license holder can harm that person in more ways than one. Addiction to drugs or alcohol debilitates work performance, concentration and overall health. Additionally, in the medical profession, the professional's reputation is vital to their success and good standing within the medical community.
An accusation of addiction or mental health issues or an unchecked or untreated condition potentially subjects a licensee to actions including but not limited to:
-Investigation by an employer or state agencies
-Disciplinary action by a licensing board
-Sanctions and fines
-Revocation or suspension of his or her license
While some accusations are unfounded, certain doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals suffer from substance abuse issues. The Journal of Addiction Medicine published findings last year from a review of a number of doctors who were in treatment for abuse issues. Nearly three-quarters of the physicians studied abused prescription drugs and the reason they fell into this pattern was due to self-medication. Common reasons for self-medicating included such issues as:
-Emotional issues such a depression
-Physical pain from a past illness or injury
-Anxiety or stress from work or personal life
-Recreational use -- i.e. "getting high"
If you are dealing with a substance abuse issue or fear you may be, help is available. Certain licensing boards have programs that offer alternatives to public discipline.
Keeping Your License
If you suffer from an addiction or substance abuse condition -- or face accusations of abuse -- consult an experienced license defense lawyer. An Ohio attorney knowledgeable about the intricacies of licensing law and defending medical professionals before licensing boards may be able to help you.
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