HHS Inspector General Advocates for Random Drug Tests in All Health Care Workers, Including M.D.s

Everyone involved in health care that has access to controlled substances, whether they be a doctor or medical staff, should be subject to random drug tests opines Daniel R. Levinson, the inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Erika T. Broadhurst, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) special agent on a 2013 case involving a fentanyl addicted technologist who infected more than 40 people with Hepatitis C by replacing fentanyl needles he stole with his own dirty needles filled with saline.

In a New York Times Op-Ed, Levinson and Broadhurst say that they believe hospitals should be required to:

  1. Improve security with surveillance of drug storage areas, tighter chain of custody on drugs, and better tracking of controlled substances.
  2. Conduct random drug tests on all health care workers with access to drugs.
  3. Call in law enforcement agencies if they suspect a health care worker of stealing drugs.