Employee takes FMLA for a shoulder surgery…FMLA paperwork arrives…states patient entering In patient drug treatment program. Obvious clearance concern. Certainly will spark re-investigation to understand circumstances. I applaud anyone seeking help but wonder if there is more to this issue. If it turns out as I suspect that his VA doctors kept prescribing OXY painkillers over a far too long period of time, and finally is seen holistically where a doctor reviews the entire history and length of time on the prescription, and suddenly is alarmed at the far too many prescriptions of pain meds (all legit, all prescribed by competent medical authority, all taken as directed) and wants the patient clean before attempting surgery…I see this as different than one who takes pills to get high or knowingly abuses a prescription. If the person legitimately sought medical care and VA doctors simply kept writing painkiller prescriptions without reviewing the length of time…surely that would come out in the BI. If there was never any abuse such as taking more than prescribed…I see a possibility of maintaining clearance, absence any other factors or twists.