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Q: urine drug testing ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: urine drug testing
Category: Health
Asked by: newjob06-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 24 Aug 2006 13:07 PDT
Expires: 23 Sep 2006 13:07 PDT
Question ID: 759182
what happens if a pre-employment drug test is positive, but i have
prescriptions for the medications that showed positive results?
Subject: Re: urine drug testing
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 24 Aug 2006 13:49 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello NewJob06,

     When you go for the drug test, take your prescription bottle with
you. Show the technician or nurse and ask her/him to document this.
Show the prescription bottle to your employer, along with a note from
your doctor as well.
(This is assuming you have an current prescription bottle with your
name and date on it)

    If you already had the test, didn't the tech or nurse ask if you
were taking any prescripton drugs? If something that you are legally
prescribed shows positive, your employer may ask for a repeat test a
few weeks after your prescription expires.

    Some drug tests' sensitivity is set to only report a positive
result above a prescription threshold, so a prescription level may be
acceptable. Some drug screens may not even test for the medication you
are taking. It all depends on what you are taking, in what dosage and
the kind of test your employer uses.

   If your first screen is positive due to prescription drugs, offer
to pay  for a second screening yourself, when you are finished with
your prescription medication. If it is a long term prescription, get a
note from your doctor, documenting that you are using a medically
necessary and prescribed drug.

Here is some additional information:,%20can%20you%20determine%20how%20long%20ago%20the%20drug%20was%20taken%20and%20over%20what%20period%20of%20time

Good Luck!

If anything is unclear, please request an Answer Clarification, and
allow me to respond, before you rate.

Sincerely, Crabcakes

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newjob06-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: urine drug testing
From: alanna-ga on 24 Aug 2006 13:12 PDT
This happened to someone I know; a letter from the doctor was accepted
by the employer.

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