I have a question about pain management treatment. I am in treatment for car accident about 2 years ago. I get random drug tests when I go for my visits and have never had any problems. On the last visit my dr. said that I had a trace amount of methadone on my test results. I take oxycodone and tramadol. I do not take methadone. I was confused and told him that I do not take methadone, which he knows. He said that I was exposed to it somehow. I asked about false positives and he said no, not possible. He said it is not good because of my job. I went and purchased a drug test immediately after that appointment and the methadone was negative. I am saving this and taking it to him on my next visit. He did not discharge me and gave me my scripts as usual. He did not really seem concerned about it. I am very concerned about it. My question is, can he report my results to my employer or is that protected under privacy laws. I believe there was some kind of contamination at the lab or a false positive. I did some research and there indeed can be false positives with methadone with other OTC meds. My dr. said he would have the test run again. I am concerned because of his remark about my job. This is really stressing me. I do not appreciate the remark about the possibility of losing my job. No lab is 100% error free. Please advise. Thank you.
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