Business Journal: Drug Abuse Program At Risk
A controversial state program designed to help troubled doctors battling alcohol and drug abuse will end on June 30th…with no formal program to take its place.
Monday, June 9, 2008
The potential gap of months — and possibly even years — could drive the substance abuse problem underground and harm patients, health care officials say. The program has been criticized for lax enforcement and poor administration in five audits during its 28-year history, including the most recent audit last year. The Medical Board of California, which licenses doctors and runs the diversion effort, voted last summer to end the program. California has about 100,000 active doctors, and experts estimate at least 10,000 of those doctors will suffer some degree of substance abuse in their career.