Wisconsin nurses slower to self-report drug abuse


2 photos

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of Wisconsin nurses deal with drug addiction, and the state has created a program for nurses who want to get help.

But that program has a lower participation rate than some other states, and some people say it may have to do with the way the program is set up.

Wisconsin has a model that's run by the same entity that oversees the Board of Nursing. That's the agency that disciplines nurses who are caught, rather than turn themselves in, and some people say that might make nurses worry about revealing their problem.

Mike Miller, the medical director of an addiction treatment center in Oconomowoc, says he'd like to see the state adopt an independent model.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

Bryna Godar

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast