What happens when my loved one self-reports?
You may be experiencing anxiety as a result of your loved one’s recent self-report to IMP3. Please be reassured that IMP3 was established to be a supportive monitoring program for the pharmacy professionals struggling with concerns related to substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or physical disabilities; we are not a disciplinary program. IMP3 considers a pharmacy professional’s involvement in the program to be a positive first step toward bringing a potentially harmful situation under control before one’s professional reputation is damaged and/or the public is harmed.
We want to reassure you that your family is not alone in facing this issue. A recent study indicated that 46 percent of the pharmacists and 62 percent of the pharmacy students studied had used controlled substances at some time without a prescription. That does not mean that everyone who has used drugs improperly becomes a substance abuser, but highly educated and trained health professionals are not immune to alcoholism, other chemical dependencies and/or mental illness.
You may worry about what could happen once your loved one has self-reported. IMP3 will begin to gather information about your significant other’s situation and make referrals for evaluation, if needed. IMP3 will work with the pharmacy professional or student pharmacist to establish necessary support to ensure they are able to continue to practice safely. The majority of pharmacy professionals participating in our program are actively practicing.
IMP3 is aware this can be a stressful time for pharmacy professionals, student pharmacists, and their families. We encourage you to be supportive of each other and ask for help if you need it. Individual and/or family counseling may be helpful during this time. Al-Anon is also a great support for families dealing with substance abuse. You may obtain information from the organization’s website at http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/