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Pyr3xPPyr3x Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Pain Medications
I take hydrocodone for managing my back pain and my last filled prescription for it was 2/11/11. I do not have a need for them on a daily basis but I recently took some for my back and I am in the middle of applying for a job which I am sure will drug test me. Are my prescriptions OK still to present to the drug testing lab? I got copies of my prescriptions from Walgreens today but I just noticed the dates on them. I really want this job so if anyone can help me out here or at least offer advice on the subject I would appreciate it!

Thank You


  • Pyr3x,
    I know that last time I went back to work after surgery I just presented my prescriptions to the lab and my employer and it wasn't a problem. It doesn't matter if you filled them in February as long as the prescription says "as needed for pain" or something like that.
    Good luck with the job!
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,845
    I hope that you will find this site informational and rewarding. The medical side of this site has information on just about any condition and the treatments.

    The forum side, allows you to communicate with thousands of other folks that have similar experiences.

    The 'drug screening' tests that many companies do today vary to what they are looking for and what they will accept.

    The most important thing to do is be upfront and honest and explain your medical situation to all that need to know. I would also say that during any interviews, you discuss your situation, let the potential employer be aware, let them know that you can still do the job.. That type of communication can go a long way.

    Unfortunately, some companies are not sensitive or willing to accept new employees who are on some type of pain medication.

    During my years with IBM, I spent about 14 months in recruiting. Since I was a chronic pain person from almost 1 year after I joined IBM and was on pain medications, I could sympathize with similar situations.

    Many companies look at this in two ways:

    1 - Will you be able to physically do all the work that is required? Will you be too impaired to do this or perhaps your judgement may not be perfect.

    2 - What kind of sick time our medical outages will you have? That is a big concern for many companies. Once they know you have spinal problems, they can assume that there will be times you need to be out of work.

    As I started, be 100% honest with everyone you are dealing with and do everything to sell yourself, including your medical condition. I've had many potential candidates come to me, explain their condition (could be physically handicapped or on medications) and they sold me on exactly what they can do, what they cant do and that they would be the best candidate because they know that you need to work hard and smart to move ahead.

    Good luck.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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