You Failed a Drug Test – Now Your Professional License May Be in Jeopardy

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 07, 2024 | 0 Comments

If you fail a drug test, you might be worried that this will somehow affect your job. If you're a licensed professional in any state in the U.S., you're right to be concerned. Failing a drug test can jeopardize your professional license and wreak havoc on your career and reputation. If you're a licensed professional who has failed a drug test, you need to take immediate steps to protect the license and livelihood you've worked so hard to achieve.  

The Lento Law Firm's experienced Professional License Defense Team helps professionals around the country protect their licenses and their livelihoods in the face of failed drug tests and more. Contact us at 888-535-3686 or submit a confidential online consultation form to find out how we can help you. 

Failing a Drug Test Can Put Your Professional License at Risk 

State licensing boards around the country are charged with the responsibility of protecting the public and ensuring that licensed professionals are capable of safely doing their jobs. If you fail a drug test and someone reports it to your state licensing board, the board may consider taking action against your license. 

This is because a failed drug test may indicate that you present a danger to the public. For example, a failed drug test could mean that you: 

  • Have a substance abuse problem that prevents you from properly and safely executing the responsibilities of your job  
  • Are under the influence of drugs while you're at work 
  • Are a healthcare professional who's mishandling patients' medications or prescriptions 
  • Have committed a crime involving the use of illegal drugs. 

While a failed drug test can affect any professional's license, certain professions may be affected more than others. Specifically, state licensing boards nationwide will generally give greater scrutiny to reports of failed drug tests by healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, and pharmacists. This is because drug use by these professionals can present a clear and present danger to the public. 

State Licensing Boards Can Impose Serious Consequences on Licensing Professional Who Fail Drug Tests 

After receiving information that you've failed a drug test, your state licensing board can conduct an investigation into the matter and then issue a punishment. They can decide to revoke, suspend, restrict, or impose conditions on your professional license, which can prevent you from working and earning a living. 

The board can also fine you, put you on probation, and reprimand or censure you – all of which can affect your livelihood, harm you financially, and seriously damage your reputation. 

Even if you're cleared of wrongdoing by your licensing board, being suspected of using or abusing drugs based on a failed drug test can ruin your personal and professional reputation. It can take a long time to restore your good name and credibility. 

The Lento Law Firm Can Help Licensed Professionals Who Fail Drug Tests Protect Their Professional Licenses 

If you're a licensed professional who fears that a failed drug test is putting your professional license at risk, contact the knowledgeable Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm. We have years of experience successfully defending professionals around the country whose licenses are at risk because of failed drug tests and more. Contact us at 888-535-3686 or submit a confidential online consultation form today to find out how we can help you. 

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Joseph D. Lento

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