PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY CONCERNING FENTANYL AND FENTANYL-LACED SUBSTANCES

Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Peer Assistance

The Physicians’ Health Program is a peer assistance program provided by the Tennessee Medical Foundation, a subsidiary of the Tennessee Medical Association. The program offers consultation, referral, and monitoring for certain health professionals whose practice is impaired or potentially could be impaired due to the use of drugs, alcohol, or a psychological or physiological illness.

A referral can be made confidentially by an employee assistance program, a co-worker, family member, friend, or the practitioner him/herself. If the practitioner is willing to undergo a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of the problem and any treatment needed, all information may be kept confidential from the Board of Chiropractic Examiners. The Board also makes referrals to the Physician’s Health Program when rehabilitation is deemed appropriate as a part of any disciplinary action.

Chemical dependency is a significant problem among health professionals and is a chronic progressive illness that can be treated effectively. As with all chronic illnesses, the earlier the identification and treatment the better the prognosis. Some signs of chemical dependence are:

Mood swings, inappropriate behavior at work, frequent days off for implausible reasons, non-compliance with acceptable policies and procedures, deteriorating appearance, deteriorating job performance, sloppy and illegible charting, errors in charting, alcohol on breath, forgetfulness, poor judgment, and lack of concentration.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Physician’s Health Program at:

Physician’s Health Program
1777 Tyne Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37215
615-665-2516