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Q: False Positive amphetamine test ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: False Positive amphetamine test
Category: Health > Medicine
Asked by: heather0126-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 26 Sep 2006 16:03 PDT
Expires: 26 Oct 2006 16:03 PDT
Question ID: 768664
I recently got hired for a great job and took my preemployment drug
test. I tested positive for amphetamine. I had obtained an online
prescription for didrex, and the contact from the testing facility
said that this was likely the culprit.

I told him how I obtained the prescription and that I have even
stopped taking it, offered to fax a scan of my bottle and a copy of my
emails from the online pharmacy and he told me that my prescription is
illegal, and it would be up to the MRO to decide what kind of result
my new employer will receive.....

I have been waiting for 2 days and I am really freaking out. I had no
idea that this was illegal, if I had I would not have gotten it. How
can these companies operate?

Does anyone know what I can do? I have already been replaced at my
previous job and I am scheduled to start next week at the new one,
provided I am allowed to.

Any response will be very much appreciated.

Subject: Re: False Positive amphetamine test
Answered By: crabcakes-ga on 28 Sep 2006 12:30 PDT
Hello Heather,

   Let?s look at both sides, yours first. You state that you did not
know that the online prescription for Didrex was illegal. You made the
purchase to help you lose weight, and assumed that if a company sold
this drug online, it must be legal. You told your potential future
employer that you will discard any Didrex left, and will cease to use
it again. Let?s assume that you are telling the whole truth.

  Depending on where you live, it is illegal to import certain drugs
from online pharmacies. Read the following:

    ?Importing prescription medications from abroad: illegal and unsafe?
?Based on what many see and read in the media, they don?t believe the
practice is illegal? especially when many politicians promote the
practice as a means of decreasing the cost of prescription drugs.

But the more you know about illegal Rx drug importation, the more you
will understand that it is not a viable solution to the high cost of

US FDA - ?Legal Violations
Virtually every shipment of prescription drugs from Canadian
pharmacies to U.S. consumers violates the Act. Even if a prescription
drug is approved in the U.S., it is a violation of the Act for anyone
other than its original manufacturer to import the drug back into the
U.S. if that drug was originally manufactured in the United States
before it was sent abroad. 21 U.S.C. 381(d)(1). Moreover, drugs
shipped into the U.S. from Canadian pharmacies are generally
unapproved (21 U.S.C. 355), labeled incorrectly (21 U.S.C. 352),
and/or dispensed without a valid prescription (21 U.S.C. 353(b)(1)).
Thus, their shipment into the U.S. from Canada violates the Act. See,
e.g., 21 U.S.C. 331(a), (d), (t).?

Dangers of Didrex:
?Benzphetamine hydrochloride is related chemically and
pharmacologically to the amphetamines. Amphetamines and related
stimulant drugs have been extensively abused, and the possibility of
abuse of DIDREX Tablets should be kept in mind when evaluating the
desirability of including a drug as part of a weight reduction
program. Abuse of amphetamines and related drugs may be associated
with intense psychological dependence and severe social dysfunction.

 There are reports of patients who have increased the dosage to many
times that recommended. Abrupt cessation following prolonged high
dosage administration results in extreme fatigue and mental
depression; changes are also noted on the sleep EEG. Manifestations of
chronic intoxication with anorectic drugs include severe dermatoses,
marked insomnia, irritability, hyperactivity, and personality changes.
The most severe manifestation of chronic intoxication is psychosis,
often clinically indistinguishable from schizophrenia.?
?NOTES: Appetite suppressants are not a substitute for proper diet.
For maximum effects, this must be used in combination with diet and
exercise programs. Do not share this medication with others.?

   ?These medicines are available only with your doctor's prescription?
?In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must
be weighed against the good it may do. This is a decision you and your
doctor will make.?
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of appetite
suppressants. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other
medical problems, especially:

?	Alcohol abuse (or history of) or
?	Drug abuse or dependence (or history of)?Dependence on appetite
suppressants may be more likely to develop
?	Type 2 diabetes mellitus?The amount of insulin or oral antidiabetic
medicine that you need to take may change
?	Epilepsy?Diethylpropion may increase the risk of having seizures
?	Family history of mental illness?Mental depression or other mental
illness may be more likely to occur
?	Glaucoma or
?	Heart or blood vessel disease or
?	High blood pressure or
?	Mental illness or
?	Overactive thyroid?Appetite suppressants may make the condition worse
?	Kidney disease?Higher blood levels of the appetite suppressant may
occur, increasing the chance of serious side effects

   Now, let?s put ourselves in the employer?s shoes. S/he sees not
only a person who takes a form of amphetamines, but buys them without
a legal prescription, from an unknown online pharmacy. To the
employer?s mind, not only did you obtain the medication illegally, you
engaged in a potentially dangerous behavior, and circumvented the
legal manner of obtaining a prescription drug that requires medical

   Your employer is thinking, if she needed the medication, why didn?t
she go to the doctor and discuss it?  When ordering drugs, especially
stimulant drugs online, from an offshore pharmacy, you can?t be sure
you are getting what you expected, and the results can be fatal.
Didrex is very dangerous, has numerous warnings and precautions, and
patients must be followed by their doctor. If you are on any other
medications, or have diabetes, are pregnant, or have any co-existing
condition on the list of warnings, you potentially could have killed
yourself. The boss is thinking, ?Do I want an employee who appears to
be not only dishonest, but has poor judgment??

   Please be aware that I am not accusing you of anything. I don?t
know you, and neither does your employer. If you were an employer,
would you want to hire someone that you know little about except that
she made some illegal and silly choices?

 Assuming you were not aware that this medication is illegal without a
prescription (in hand from a doctor who has examined you), and took
the prescription for dieting purposes and are willing to abstain from
this medication, I would recommend you go speak to the employer.

  Tell her/him that you made a one time mistake, that you were trying
to find a way to lose weight, and that you were not aware of the
dangers. Tell her/him you are now aware of the foolishness of ordering
a medication (use the word ?medication?, not ?drug?) online, and that
you regret your error in judgment.

   Tell the employer you are eager to have the job, have thrown away
the Didrex, and that you will pay for another drug screen yourself.
Point out the skills you have to bring to the job. Stay off drugs and
get retested.

   Don?t discuss the fact that you thought the Didrex was legal simply
because it is sold online. Your employer will counter that argument
with the fact that bootleg software, CDs and DVDs, child porn, guns,
and other scams are sold online everyday; the fact that?s its
available does not make it legal. Or safe.
   Be sincere and let the employer know you really regret your
actions. You  ay be able to salvage the job prospect.  I think you
have learned a valuable lesson, and I am not passing judgment. We all
make mistakes, and if you gain wisdom from your error, all the better.
If you don?t get this job, you will now be prepared for the next
potential interview!

I wish you the best! If any part of this answer is unclear, please
request an Answer Clarification, and allow me to respond, before you
rate this answer.

Sincerely, Crabcakes

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