June 22, 2018
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Portland physician assistant disciplined for substance abuse

By Jackie Farwell, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A physician assistant in Portland has been disciplined by a state licensing board for substance abuse violations.

Patrick Carson was undergoing voluntary monitoring through a program that assists medical professionals with substance abuse problems when he tested positive for alcohol consumption in August 2011 and again in October 2011, according to a June 12 consent agreement with the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

Carson said the August finding was the result of accidental alcohol ingestion, but admitted to a relapse while on vacation in October, according to the agreement.

The findings violated Carson’s contract with the Maine Medical Professionals Health Program. After two failures, participants are reported to the licensing board and their cases become public.

Carson’s record with the board lists the emergency department at Mercy Hospital in Portland as his most recent employer.

Carson accepted a five-year conditional license from the board. He agreed to substance monitoring and attendance at self-help group meetings and must have a physician monitor his medical practice.

Carson was fined $2,000. Payment is suspended as long as he complies with the terms of the consent agreement. His medical license will be suspended if he violates the agreement.

Carson has held a physician assistant license in Maine since 1995.

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