At the beginning of the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which regulates medications with potential for abuse, allowed controlled substances like Adderall and Xanax to be prescribed by a physician through telehealth services. The DEA was supposed to let this provision lapse, but the agency has allowed these provisions to continue through the end of 2024.
“We recognize the importance of telemedicine in providing Americans with access to needed medications, and we have decided to extend the current flexibilities for six months while we work to find a way forward to give Americans that access with appropriate safeguards,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stated after the decision was announced.
It remains undecided if these telehealth allowances will be a permanent means of prescribing drugs or if the DEA will recommend phasing it out in the future.
It’s easier than ever to be prescribed controlled substances. While it’s a breach of privacy to ask employees about their medications, employers can be aware of signs of addiction to Adderall, Xanax, and other controlled substances, such as:
- Inability to focus
- Poor memory
- Slurred speech
- Extreme sociability or talkativeness
- Constantly making appointments with new doctors
- Anxiety, panic, or nervousness
Drug addiction, even to controlled substances, is dangerous–not only to the addicted individual but to all other employees and customers, as well. As an employer, you must take action if you see signs of drug addiction.
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