Re: job interview while still taking prescription pain meds
I think it depends on your state. Employers CAN not hire you because you are taking prescription medications -- you could be a major liability for them if you are injured or you injure someone else while at the workplace while on these meds. Just because there is a prescription doesn't mean that you can function within normal parameters for every job.
I worked at one company that does a very thorough background investigation on new hires, including the drug screen. One lady who applied was very up front about her prescription medications (pain killers, muscle relaxers, etc.) on the drug screen form. The company hired her and two weeks later decided to fire her since they decided that she would be a liability in the workplace (she was a secretary to a VP). She, too, thought it was wrong since she had a Rx.
MANY people are addicted to the medications that we all take everyday just to get by. It seems like every few months I hear about another doctor whose license was revoked due to over-prescription of pain meds. It's a HUGE problem for employers.
My current company is aware that I am taking both pain meds and muscle relaxers, but they also know that I'm a professional and won't come to the workplace in any sort of "altered" state of mind or with slow reflexes, or whatever. My colleagues and superiors realize that the body can build up a tolerance to these meds and that they don't cause the same side effects (drowsiness, etc.) now than they did when I first had surgery (which was 3 weeks ago).
For what it's worth, I'm a department manager of a NYSE-listed company... I work primarily in an office, but also go out to our manufacturing floor occassionally.
In Florida, workers' compensation is a very touchy issue (== lots of $$$) for employers. Employers are trying to protect themselves any way they can. We are also a "right-to-work" state, meaning either party can sever the employment relationship at any time for any reason. They don't HAVE to hire me, they don't HAVE to keep me, and I don't HAVE to stay.