Re: Why Aren’t Doctors Drug Tested? — @nytimes @HHSGov

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”Harlan Ellison


Daniel R. Levinson, inspector general, US Department of Health and Human Services.
Erika T. Broadhurst, special agent, US Department of Health and Human Services.
March 12, 2014.

“We believe hospitals should be required to perform random drug tests on all health care workers with access to drugs. The tests should be comprehensive enough to screen for fentanyl and other commonly abused drugs and must keep up with evolving drug abuse patterns.”
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/13/opinion/why-arent-doctors-drug-tested.html


Response:

Medical interventions, as well as nationwide healthcare policies, must be supported by evidence instead of prejudice.

We believe hospitals should be required to perform random drug tests…”

Drug Testing in The Workplace — IIDTW

“The Inquiry concludes that there is no justification for drug testing in the workplaceas a means of policing the private behaviour of employees, or of improving performance and productivity. It suggests that although drug testing does have a role to play, particularly where safety is a concern, investment in management training and systems is likely to have a more positive impact and to be less costly, divisive and invasive.”

The evidence does not support the statements of the inspector general and the special agent of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Ramirez, Jorge H; Langan, Michael (2014): Drug testing database. figshare.
http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1270272

Ramirez, Jorge H; Langan, Michael (2015): Database: ASAM & Journal of Addiction Medicine. figsharehttp://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1297644

Ramirez, Jorge H; Langan, Michael (2015): Database: Twelve Step Rehabilitation Programs. figsharehttp://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1297665

Ramirez, Jorge H; Langan, Michael (2015): Buprenorphine database – January 29, 2015. figsharehttp://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1297654

The results will be submitted to a peer-review medical journal of high impact. These figshare articles are open access (raw data) and public scrutiny is welcome.

It is only a matter of time…





Changing the subject: Why the silence?

Ramirez, Jorge H (2014): A story about oxygen nanobubbles (RNS60). figsharehttp://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1135796

Freedom of Information Act Appeal submitted to the US  Department of Health And Human Services on July 2013.





The New York Times article cited in this post was found on Disrupted Physician

Organizational Purpose and Public Trust in Drug and Alcohol Testing.


THREE SHELLS AND A PEA–ASAM, FSPHP, AND LMD

…”Medicine is predicated on competence, good-faith, and integrity. Medical ethics necessitates beneficence, respect, and autonomy. The scaffold erected here is designed for coercion and control. Exposure, transparency, and accountability are urgent. An evidence based Cochrane type assessment of their “research” and an Institute of Medicine Conflict of Interest review are long overdue. The emperor has no clothes and sunshine is the best disinfectant.”…  — Michael L. Langan

Re: Yes indeed, she likes a rigged game.

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