Pre-Employment Drug Test and Prescription Drug Meds

Pre-Employment Drug Test and Prescription Drug Meds

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Pre-Employment Drug Test and Prescription Drug Meds

I am about to accept a job offer where I know there will be a Pre-Employment Drug Test. I have been taking the following for at a couple of years:

Opana 40MG x 2 Day

Percocet 10/325 x 5 Day

Soma 350 x 2 Day

Valum - Just Started, PM Said better than Soma

Ambien CR 12.5mg a day

At my choice, I have been in the process of weaning down Opana, but for the sake of this discussion, I put my normal doseage.

So, it's either quit cold turkey to prepare for the drug test, or risk failing due to my prescribed pain meds.

FWIW, I take all meds as prescribed.....

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Most companies drug test as

Most companies drug test as a condition of employment. There is no issue with taking them when I'm working at my current employer, which is the same type I'm going to, I'm just afraid that there will be issues in the drug test. You'd think that as long as you have a valid prescription, they would not fail you. This is what I am unclear about.

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I was going to post in your

I was going to post in your other thread;
'POSSIBLE TO TAPER IN ONE WEEK' ,but I can't find it now--weird.lol.

If you quit all of these meds cold turkey in order to pass a screening you are going to suffer some major withdrawl symtoms.Also,it takes days to get out of your system when you have been taking them regularly.So,if your screen is in 7 days,you might have to stop in say,2 or 3 days.

I don't understand,prescribed medications are not illegal.It's not failing if you have a prescription.Are you accepting a job as an air traffic controller,bus driver,or other job where prescription medication is a no-no?

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Does a having a Prescription Make it all Go Away?

Robin wrote:
I was going to post in your other thread;
'POSSIBLE TO TAPER IN ONE WEEK' ,but I can't find it now--weird.lol.

If you quit all of these meds cold turkey in order to pass a screening you are going to suffer some major withdrawl symtoms.Also,it takes days to get out of your system when you have been taking them regularly.So,if your screen is in 7 days,you might have to stop in say,2 or 3 days.

I don't understand,prescribed medications are not illegal.It's not failing if you have a prescription.Are you accepting a job as an air traffic controller,bus driver,or other job where prescription medication is a no-no?

I don't know what happened to my other post either. See that's what I don't know for sure. I would think that as long as I have a valid prescription, then I can't fail the drug test because I have a prescription.

But, I've read so much on the web regarding this, it is just not clear. So do I be safe and quit cold turkey so it's a non issue, I mean I guess I can go through hell going through withdrawls just to pass. I cant afford to wait and see.

Does anyone have personal experience with this. FWIW, I am in a professional job, customer service, no machinery, driving, or anything like that. Walking a lot as well as desk work.

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Pre-Employment Drug Testing...

I have been working in Human Resources for several years for a large Fortune 500 company.

Part of my job entails running background checks and drug screenings for prospective new hires.

As long as you list every prescription drug you are taking and have a valid script for each... you will pass your drug test. Be sure to put down any OTC drugs you may take, as well. (Allergy meds, antactids, etc.)

Adjudication guidelines do vary with each company, according to the company policies. What most employers check for are simply illicit drug use and those do show up on the screenings.

Tammy

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WOW!

You take quite a bit of medication, I don't think quitting cold turkey is smart at all. Talk to your doctor if this is really something you will do. I would list all medications and bring a note from the prescribing doctor to your drug test. I don't believe you can be fired/denied hiring because of a disclosed medical conditon and medication needed to function. Most companies contract out the drug test service so they wont disclose what you take, just if you passed the test or not. If this is the case disclosing all meds and a note should suffice. If not and the company self administers the test they could red flag your application due to "suspicious reasons" and not hire you because of medical reasons but use a legal reason if you know what I mean. My old company used a hair test for drug testing. They took a good chunk out of the back of your head and if you think shaving your head is smart think again, they will get hair from somewhere unless you shave everything. Good Luck to you

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DANGGONE!

A CHunk of hair? Geeze......They don't mess around huh?

Well,they would have n/p with me.My hair has been falling out in chunks lately.Crime scene techs would just love me too.

I told Michael that I worry that when the family sees me coming they get all bummed because they know they will have to be vacuuming for the next several days.

I bet they ran one of those home drug screens on me-lol.I don't talk about my pain--well not seriously,around family-they don't know that I'm a CP patient and on meds.Even my kids don't know~~unless they gathered & tested my hairs....

nothing is sacred anymore ☺

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The hair does LONG term

The hair does LONG term testing, I do mean LONG! It will show medication in the system from the time it grew from the hair follicle!

I took a part time job with a retail chain that did drug testing. As long as you have a valid script the screening company should not red flag you.

That is not to say they won't who really knows? I'd take a list off all meds currently taken, script information, doctors etc and hope for the best.

I was on several meds when I had to be tested. I turned in all information and was hired with no mention of the drug screen.

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LOL..

I am laughing at your comment, Robin. Laughing

I have been losing chunks of hair, too!

When I brush my hair after the shower, it's just a mess! I'm constantly having all of these extra long strands dangling off the hair brush and all over my shoulders. I just wear my towel, until I'm finished with my hair. Otherwise, I have to take out the sticky roller out and roll it all over my clothing items to get my hair off! My hands are even covered with long strands of hair, too! It's a mess... lol. I'm going to call my stylist this week and see what she recommends. Maybe it's a vitamin I might be low on. Until then... I've been wearing pony tails and head bands.

I've only had one hair analysis done as a condition of employment and also had to take two polygraph tests for that position! (It was a government position, so that is why). They did a nice job on snipping my hair. They did it in the back of my head, underneath my hair. You couldn't see where they cut it, when my hair was styled. So, I was happy. Smile

Most companies now just do the urine sample testing. Many employed people are on prescribed medications for various ailments. As long as a person names all of their prescribed medications they are taking on the form they have to fill out... they generally pass the test. If they check "no" to any illegal drug use and it comes up positive... they generally won't be hired. There are times a "red flag" may be noted on a prospective new hire, if the person is taking medication that might impair judgement while working on an HVAC unit on a high rise building. That's a safety issue. They can revise job descriptions to fit the needs of a new candidate, if they truly want that person on board.

I could ramble on more... but me eyes are getting tired.

Sleep well everyone...

Hug Tammy

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http://www.dol.gov/asp/progra

http://www.dol.gov/asp/programs/drugs/workingpartners/faq.asp#q10

Direct from the Department of Labor, Drug Free Workplace FAQ -

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I take a prescription medication that may affect a drug test. Can I lose my job for taking it? Does my employer have a right to know what medication I am taking?

Because some prescription medications can affect an employee's ability to work safely, employers may have a legitimate interest in addressing them in their drug-free workplace policy. However, employers cannot discriminate in their hiring and firing practices based on an individual’s use of prescription medication for legitimate medical purposes. Such discrimination could be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA also prohibits an employer from asking disability-related questions unless they are job related and consistent with business necessity. Therefore, employers should not have a blanket policy requiring all employees to disclose prescription drug use. For more information about this issue, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which administers the employment provisions of the ADA.

Use of some prescription medications may result in a positive drug test. In this event, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) or other appropriate company personnel may inquire to determine if the employee has a legitimate medical explanation, such as a physician's prescription, for the result.

A drug test result may be considered personal health information. Thus, there may be restrictions on how and whether such information can be shared. This is why employees who take a drug test usually must sign a release in order for their employer to receive the results. For more information about this issue, contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This agency administers the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which dictates under what circumstances and to whom health information may be released. More information can be found on Office of Civil Rights HIPAA Web page.

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The reality

I'm very familiar with the ADA,and I've been an advocate for the disabled since 1992,but believe me when I say that just because the laws are written,just because rights are in place,does not mean that these same rules are followed as required by law.

The reality is that employers DO discriminate and on a daily basis.They simply don't say that they aren't hiring/firing you for the reasons they are discriminating against.

So,while it may be true that employers should not have a blanket policy requiring all employees to disclose prescription drug use;if a drug screen is given it will be failed without this knowledge,putting one in a catch 22 position.

Incidentally,not everyone taking medication is considered disabled,and not protected under the ADA.This could have the potential to get into a hair splitting or word bee,when my point is only that there are more loopholes in real life than there are in policies,and employers can and do lie about why they hire and fire a person.

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