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It could be possible that a patient be turned in for alcohol and/or drug abuse?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

If you come to a physician seeking treatment for alcohol or drug abuse, you can trust that the information you give cannot be used to prosecute you, or given to someone who has no business with it. The law's really strict.

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Dr. Pamela Pappas answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

What means "turned in, " here? Dr. Friedlander is right about the laws of confidentiality being strict. In general, your medical records cannot be revealed without your permission. There are certain conditions where the law requires reporting, though - - such as, when a child is at risk, being neglected or abused. Also if the doctor believes you may harm yourself or another & you refuse treatment.

Answered Jun 8, 2013

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